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20 Reasons Why Art is Important for Children

Monday, October 12th, 2009


Via the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland

This article shows all of the benefits associated with children learning art while they are young and the impact it has on their lives.

  1. Art stimulates both sides of the brain.
  2. 33% of kids are visual learners.
  3. There are studies that show that kids, who make art, read better and get better grades in science and mathematics.
  4. The kids learn by using their senses and art is ideal in this process
  5. The kids need a place to express themselves at school.
  6. Art promotes self esteem
  7. Art encourages kids to give more attention to the physical space that surround them.
  8. Art develops hand and eye coordination.
  9. Art stimulates perception.
  10. Art teaches them to think openly. It represents a culture of questioners more than a culture of responders.
  11. Art teaches that there is more than one solution for a problem.
  12. Art teaches kids to think creatively to solve problems.
  13. Kids can share and reflect on their work of art and learn something about the world they live in.
  14. When art is integrated with the other subjects in the curriculum, kids commit more to the learning process.
  15. In the process of doing art, the child is exposed to different possibilities, to discover and to freedom, this way they avoid falling into the control and the predictability of the conventional education in the United States of today.
  16. Art nourishes the human soul. One feels good doing it.
  17. Art brings the cultural resources of the community into the class.
  18. Art involves parents and tutors in the school, inviting them to participate as volunteers in diverse activities.
  19. Art provides a common ground across racial stereotypes, barriers and prejudices.
  20. Art is valuable all by itself.

Civilization and Art

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Art will spring up in any culture and the society which represses those artists is not a stable one.  It is through those works of art that a society is able to accurately determine the state of its citizens and have a view of themselves.  Art will naturally grow anywhere as at least some people tend to have a creative impulse that they cannot ignore.  However, this creative impulse will lend itself toward a great peace.  A flourishing creative side will inspire people to create great works and while they are creating these great works, many things will happen.  First, they will be so busy creating that they will often not have the time to devote to more harmful projects.  Second, out of a love of creation, artists will tend to be more open and accepting to the works of others, knowing how an artist pours themselves into their work.  This tends to promote a great sense of peace between many creative individuals.

This is a skill which is important to instill into children.  Children are the most impressionable group on this world and often, what humans learn as children will stick with them for the rest of their lives.  If children are pushed toward more open, peaceful, and creative impulses, the society itself will be steered toward a more loving direction.  This is why any healthy, peaceful society will be laden with art.  Terry Semel, the former chairman of Warner Brothers once stated that, “Art is central to a civilized society.  Kids who create don’t destroy.”  That is an important concept to keep in mind.

Photo: Courtsesy of Krcla

Art Teaches Children Critical Skills

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The art classroom is a great place for children to learn a number of skills which will benefit them greatly in their later lives.  Many people will automatically dismiss art class as a place not worth a serious effort because all that kids do is enter the art room and have fun, so they surely must not be learning anything important.  This is far from the truth, however.  Just because the children are having fun, it does not mean that they are not learning anything.  On the contrary, because of the level of fun, the children are perhaps learning even more than they would in another subject.

Art classrooms teach children many skills which traditional classroom settings do not.  Children learn how to tap into their creative side to make something without judging the outcome before it happens.  They learn coordination and motor skills, making their hands reproduce either what their eyes see or their mind envisions.  They learn the satisfaction of completing a job in a satisfying way, as well as taking the initiative to finish that project.  This is a huge benefit in today’s world, the work ethic that many people lack.

Children will also learn the important skills of learning to critique projects.  They can analyze something they are presented with and through that, they will learn how to look at the good and bad aspects of any work.  This teaches children the important skills of analysis which will come into play for the rest of their lives.  Art can bring all of these skills to children and these are important cognitive skills for success in one’s entire life.

Photo: Courtesy of Beija Flor

Art Therapy for Children

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Children often do not have the words to be able to define some of the feelings and even trauma that they might be going through.  They do not have the vocabulary to articulate feelings that they might be having.  Yet, this does not stop those children from feeling those emotions.  Not being able to express these emotions can lead to various problems for the children as they grow and the need to express these feelings can manifest themselves in potentially harmful ways.  Teaching these children to express themselves through art could end up being a great way for them to not only explore their creative individuality, but to express these potentially traumatic emotions as well.

Art can be a good indicator of what a child is actually feeling in their life as well.  If they choose to make paintings and drawings of scary events and images, it is often a way to express fears that they have and feel.  It is a way for them to explore this scary event in a safe way.  By the same pattern, drawing images of happy images that they like can help to indicate some of the safe emotions and areas of their life which they might feel comfort with.  This art can be a great indicator of not only what the child is feeling, but of things which the child might want to express but not know how.

Photo: Courtesy of Beija Flor

Helping Children Discover Art

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Art is something which enriches our culture and allows us to experience the world and different cultures within it. It is important, therefore, to teach our children about the importance of art for our culture and our world. It is never too early to get children excited about the world of art, for teaching those to have an appreciation for the arts at an early age will help them to stay in tune with their creative side throughout their entire lives. Children often have short attention spans, however, and it is important to present art to them in a way that they can appreciate and not feel overwhelmed by.

One should start by picking artworks which are related to interests that the child has already expressed interest in. By presenting only a few works of art which relate to the interest, the young child can learn that others in the world have an interest in the same topic. It is also important to pay attention to and validate the reactions that the child has to the work of art, as this encourages them to think about the artwork and explore the ideas presented by the work of art more.

The supervisors of the child need to maintain a healthy balance between leading and following however. Knowing when to push a child into exploration is a good thing, but pushing the child too much will make that child feel as if the art becomes a chore. Furthermore, it is a good idea to present something physical for the child to touch that reinforces the work of art being viewed. Touch is one of the strongest sensations of curiosity in a child and being able to touch something to get the same feeling that the artwork is presenting is an important notion to a child.

Photo: Courtesy of New Eyes

Painting Develops Artistic Ability

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Kid Creating Art

Children often take after their parents.  This sounds like a very basic, obvious statement, but it is still often incredibly true.  In the early stages of a child’s life, the opportunities that their parents or caretakers present to the children will help to shape and define those children.  Often, those guardians will present opportunities to those children who match the interests of the guardians themselves and in this way; the children are guided in their development.  Unfortunately, this often comes into play in terms of creativity that becomes repressed.  If the children are not given opportunities to explore themselves through drawing, painting, and other artistic forms, they will quickly learn to believe that they have no skill or interest in the endeavor.

This is unfortunate, because no one is born without the ability to express themselves in a creative way.  Without the opportunity to express that creativity, however, the flame will quickly grow dim and eventually die.  Children need the opportunity to express and explore that creativity and it is imperative of the guardians in their lives to encourage that exploration to happen.  If the children are criticized with their creative expressions, those children will quickly learn to stop that behavior.

Once the creativity and curiosity of painting and art is squashed in a child, it is very hard to get that to blossom again.  They are prone to feelings that they have no talent in that area because, from an early age, they were told that they did not.  This is a tragedy for every child has the potential to explore themselves and their own creativity.  They just need to be given the chance and the encouragement to do so.

Photo: Courtesy of Etamil

Painting Helps Develop Coordination

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Drawing is a skill which helps children begins to perfect the usage of their hands.  Using a crayon, colored pencil, or even a paintbrush, the children have to use their hands to begin to make shapes which will translate into the picture they want to make.  This allows them to begin to use their hands in a carefully detailed way.  It teaches them to gain a level of control over what their hands do so that their pictures will turn out accurately.  It helps the concentration of the children, giving them the dedication to work on a project until they are satisfied with the work they have put into it.

Learning to color within the lines is another important detail that coloring and painting at an early age helps children to comprehend.  Normally, when coloring, children will simply rush to fill in the space with whichever color they choose, using wide strokes to fill in the space.  This often makes the colors run over the lines defining the image as well as leaving gaps in the space.  By learning to color within the lines, children learn the ability to work more slowly, taking their time to ensure that a good job is completed.  They learn to finish a project by filling in all of the space and to be careful while doing it, ensuring that nothing outside of the lines is errantly colored.  The skill of judging with their eyes on the work their hands are doing is important and painting is one of the easiest ways to get children to master this skill in a way that they find entertaining.  They will be learning without ever realizing the fact.

Photo: Courtesy of Barelyfitz

Child Art

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Child\'s Art at 3From a very early age, people have the potential to be artists.  The first time a child picks up a crayon and scribbles to the last thing a person will sketch in their life, they are producing art.  Granted, much of this art isn’t coherent until a certain age, when the artist gains some perspective and is able to draw images which are recognizable to the viewer.  Still, from a very early age, children are capable of producing art and should be given the opportunity to experiment with color and shape differentiation.

Child art, in particular, is the name which is given to the art produced by children less than 12 years in age.  The traditional journey of child art goes through a few stages.  The child will generally begin with scribbling, during which they can learn about the differences in colors.  Scribbling will slowly give way to a more controlled form, which is more interested in making basic shapes and patterns.  This, in turn, starts to become more representative.  Children will often attempt to draw people, which are usually not much more than a face with arms and legs coming out of it.  The attempt to represent is an important step, however.

Children will often enter a symbolic stage, where they begin to build a vocabulary of images.  These images will often all look similar to each other, but they begin to take certain defining characteristics.  Space is introduced into the photos, giving a backdrop to the pictures which are drawn.  These photos eventually give way into more realistic depictions, as children become aware of the storytelling possibilities available through pictures.  This evolution of child art shows all of the different ways in which children will learn to develop their skills.

Children Express their Feelings through Art

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Adults have learned over the course of time that using art to express some of the inner most feelings that they have trouble expressing to the world can be a very therapeutic experience.  Most of these adults, though, have the ability to find the words to explain the works of art that they express.  They can understand what they are going through on the inside and, even if it is very hard for them, can usually find the means to talk about it.  What happens to those who don’t have the words to express some of these inner feelings?  Children can go through terrible trauma just as much as adults and leaving these feelings to persist on the inside can seriously hurt a child.

This is how painting can help children express some of their inner feelings, whether it is joy or pain.  Drawing or painting a picture to represent how they feel can often allow these children to be able to release a lot of the inner emotion that they feel.  Expressing these feelings can be a very important thing for repressing these emotions can lead to future complexes which can potentially make life very hard for these children.  Therefore, teaching and encouraging these children to express themselves through their painting can lead to a healthy lifestyle for them.

The Benefits of Children and Drawing

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Children\'s Drawing

Learning how to draw is one of the earliest activities that children are generally given in an art class.  Drawing is one of the most basic forms of art as most works of art will either include the representation of an image on the paper or canvas, or will work from sketches of the artwork.  Teaching children to draw, however, will provide them with a number of benefits which aren’t solely related to the world of art.  When being encouraged to draw, children will learn firstly how to make choices.  They will be presented with a landscape that will encourage them to view everything before them, weighing the positive and negative aspects of what they see, before they begin to draw.

Additionally, when they are encouraged to begin drawing what they see without ever taking their eyes off of the subject, they not only begin to learn hand-eye coordination, but to study their subjects carefully.   These children will learn to begin how to make comparisons between different aspects like shapes, proportions, tones, textures, and sizes.  This begins to shape their constructive view, allowing them to make assessments.

Finally, the children will learn that, as with anything in this life, drawing ability will improve with practice.  If they keep a portfolio of their work, after a few months they will be able to look back and see how much their work has improved since the earlier attempts.  This is a vital skill to instill in children, that with hard work, success will come.  This is why, beginning at an early stage, encouraging children to explore their drawing ability can set them up for great success.

Photo: Chunker


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