Art For Children

Children Naturally Love Art.   Art is creative play,  it’s what children do naturally.

 

Art classes can help children enjoy a developmental head start over their peers as they develop creatively and build confidence and self-esteem.   Art can also lead to very satisfying and rewarding careers and the skill should be nurtured in children and especially those who display an interest in the activity.  

 

Here are some of the benefits of art in a young child's life:



  • Art Boosts Creativity - Being creative is not only genetic but it can grow and flourish with lessons and hands-on-experience. Learning to draw and paint takes practice and calls for creative thinking with an open mind and that tends to improve academic performance in general.

  • Art Keeps Children Occupied - Art allows children to beat boredom as they can get in the habit of collecting material and using it to create something.  They can collect anything from coloured paper, scraps of fabric, buttons, paints, pencils, and even bottle covers to create something fantastic, which not only keep them enthusiastic but employed.

  • Inreases Concentration  -  When children create they are so focused on what they are doing that they are more likely to ignore distractions of any kind including distractions in class.

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  • Improves Eye-Hand Coordination -  When children are learning to draw, they follow the position of the hand holding the pencil visually as they make lines on the paper.  This provides children with the opportunity to  develop greater coordination between their fingers and the images 

  • Enhances Ability To Complete Projects   - Children derive satisfaction from creating and finishing projects and then receiving praise for their work. This encourages them to get in the habit of completing assignments, a very valuable life-long skill. 

  • Builds Self-esteem and Confidence - Art allows your child to create his own artistic piece of which he/she can be very proud.  This helps to build their self esteem and confidence as it is their own work and no one can say it is wrong.

  • Develops problem-solving skills -  This is because a child needs to examine and study something, describe it, remember it, analyze it and try to recreate what he sees in his mind's eye. It’s an important lifelong skill.

  • Teaches how to expresses feelings without words  - Children create art by re-creating their own day-to-day experiences - the way they see the world.  An angry or frustrated child may scratch all over a page in dark black lines whereas a happy child would draw a house, mommy, daddy, himself and the dog with a beautiful sun shining over them. Little children may find it difficult to express their feelings in words but placing a box of art material in front of them allows them to “put it on paper”.

  • Motor Skills - Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children.  Developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors. Many preschool programs emphasize the use of scissors because it develops the dexterity children will need for writing.

  • Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television.

  • Inventiveness - When children are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. Art is a way to encourage the process and the experience of thinking and making things better.

  • Cultural Awareness -  Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject helps children understand the concept that what they see may be someone’s interpretation of reality.