Children tell us that art is a pleasurable activity for them. Parents tell us that art is important to their families because it keeps everyone involved and happy while also assisting with the day's changes.
Art is inextricably tied to creativity, which is rapidly being hailed as one of the most crucial attributes for individual, organisational, and cultural success. The truth is that art is important, even if it is intangible, and that children who participate in hands-on art activities learn significantly better in all subjects.
Here are seven reasons why arts are beneficial for children:
Creativity is the ability to think outside the box, to connect two seemingly unrelated concepts in unexpected ways. Creativity is linked to substantial issue solving and breakthroughs of all types.
The ability to be creative is critical to our children's success and the well-being of our planet. We face great difficulties like as racial conflict, warfare, global warming, and catastrophic extinctions now more than ever. Every day, individuals, businesses, and governments look for new ways to solve problems.
"Research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property -- key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century," according to the International Child Art Foundation.
The world needs more creative thinkers!
Depending on the activity, art can engage all of the senses– -- sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. As children experiment and create by squishing paint between their fingers, mixing colours and materials, or sketching from imagination or what they see in front of them, their brain synapses fire.
Holding a paintbrush, connecting dots and drawing lines, mixing colours, cutting with scissors, controlling a glue stick or squeezing a glue bottle, kneading and rolling playdough, tearing paper -- all of these tasks require increasing dexterity and coordination, but they're so much fun and rewarding that kids want to do them over and over. Fine motor skills in children develop as they participate in art activities.
Babies and toddlers begin by doodling back and forth at random. However, the more they doodle, the more control they have over the crayon and its travels over the paper. As children gain control over their doodling, they produce a larger range of shapes, eventually producing all of the shapes required to write any alphabet.
Making choices, coming to conclusions, second-guessing judgments, and evaluating results are all possibilities in open-ended, process-oriented art.
Children become more at ease with uncertainty and continue to think in a flexible manner, which is essential for creativity and self-assurance. And the more expertise they have with various materials and processes, the more likely they are to experiment with new ideas and combinations.
Children take in a tremendous amount of new information, and they must process it in a safe, thoughtful manner. They can express themselves through art and deal with both minor and major occurrences.
Art supplies provide a safe haven for emotional outlet. Feelings and ideas can be managed and reduced to a manageable size. Children can express themselves in a variety of ways including movement, picture, colour, line, and imagination. This is a technique that words may be unable to accomplish, or that is more comfortable for them than words.
When we encourage our children to explore art, we are encouraging them to master their bodies, as well as a range of instruments and techniques. We provide kids with numerous opportunities to express themselves.
We can provide a safe atmosphere for children to experiment and create as parents and instructors. A setting in which children are encouraged to ask questions and given unrestricted access to the items they require and enjoy. We do this not to generate professional artists, but to raise children who are secure and at ease with their creativity in whatever form it manifests itself.
Art is a great equaliser, helping to bring youngsters who don't know one other together and who may or may not share the same interests together. It can bring people of many ages, races, skills, and even languages together to participate in a common (and typically enjoyed) pastime.
An open mind, a few simple instruments, some planning, and an adventurous approach are all required to live an art-filled existence. It's a road that you and your family can travel at your own leisure.