Dareling will start with creative art groups as of February 2013.
In these creative art groups, the focus will be on plastic arts, but we will also offer other activities to tickle the creative itch of each child.
Please contact us for more information through the contact form below, but first take some time to read the different skills and benefits children will gain through development of their artistic side.
Top 10 skills children learn from art
1. Creativity. Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future life.
2. Confidence. The skills developed through art not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of a stage. Artistic training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.
3. Problem Solving. Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in everything they ever undertake.
4. Perseverance. When a child picks up a paint brush for the first time, she/he knows that top level artwork right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn’t give up, that artwork is that much closer. In an increasingly creative world it is essential that children learn to tap into their own creative force.
5. Focus. The ability to focus is a key skill developed through creative expression. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.
6. Non-Verbal Communication. Through experiences in fine and gross motor skills, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of their own body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions.
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback. Receiving constructive feedback about a visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.
8. Collaboration. Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children can practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child takes part in a group artwork, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.
9. Dedication. When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for art class, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece.
10. Accountability. When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.
Reblogged from blog.artusa.org.
Written by Lisa Phillips, posted on November 26th 2012.
(Editor’s Note: This piece was slightly adapted to show the benefits for children of the plastic arts. The full version of this post appears on Lisa’s website.)
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This big guy doesn't talk, he only makes a constant humming sound and when he started coming to my therapy he didn't even want to come in! Four sessions passed, with him running away as soon as he came to the door. Then one day he finally did come in, but didn't dare to sit down. He watched me cutting, pasting and coloring, but only for 2 minutes. Next session he sat down and rushed to finish his work, to run outside the next second. Five minutes.. I was making progress! And mind you, he's HUGE, so if anyone happened to walk across my door at that moment they could get run over, by this big little boy.
With the passing of the weeks he started feeling more comfortable, but I could not get him to stay for more than 20 minutes. Until I had prepared a necklace for him, to make with colored wooden beads. I would have never guessed he would love that so much!
Now, no matter what I prepare for him, he'll only do it as long as he can make his necklace afterwards. If I forget to put it out for him, he'll get it himself. He is so eager to come to therapy that he even forgets which day is his day and skips his fellow group members for his turn!
I am glad I found a way to motivate him to stay and work. Stimulating his fine motor skills and concentration at the same time. I even noticed that when he's making his necklace, he stops humming..!