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.
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.
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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