In recent years, schools have shifted towards com
mon core subjects such as math and English, while neglecting the arts. However, while some might regard art as a bit of a luxury subject, it is well known that simple art activities can help a child to develop. Learning how to create and appreciate visual art, as we are about to show you below, can be very important when it comes to helping children become important cogs of society.
Helps to Develop Motor Skills
Many of the motions that you need when you are making art, such as scribbling with a pencil or crayon or holding a paintbrush, are essential when it comes to the development of fine motor skills in children. The National Institutes of Health state that development milestones around the age of three should include the likes of being able to draw a circle and use safety scissors. At the age of four, they suggest that children should be able to draw squares and cut in straight lines. Many pre-school teachers like to emphasize the importance of learning how to use scissors as it helps children develop the dexterity that they will need in future when it comes to writing.
It Helps to Develop Language
For very young kids, creating art, or talking about art that they have created, gives them the chance to learn words which are used for shapes, colors, and actions. When children are really young, parents can do some very easy activities such as crumpling up some paper and telling their child that it is a ball. By the time that a child reaches elementary school, they should be able to use some descriptive words to talk about their creations of the feelings that they feel when they see different pieces of art.
It Helps with Decision Making
According to studies, art education helps to improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Making choices and decisions while creating art is something that they will carry over into all other walks of life. If a child is thinking, exploring, and experimenting from a young age, then their creativity levels will have a chance to blossom.
Helps to Improve Visual Learning
Activities such as sculpting with clay, drawing, and putting beads onto a piece of string all help in the development of visual-spatial skills, which are really important in life. Even young kids nowadays know how to work a tablet or smartphone, which means that before they have even learnt how to read, they are taking in a lot of visual information. This information is made up of cues from pictures or 3D shapes in books, on the television, or on digital media. Nowadays, parents need to know that kids learn much more from graphic sources than they did in the past. Our kids need to learn more about our world rather than just what they can learn using numbers and text. Art teaches children how to interpret, criticize, and make choices. All things that are really important if they are to grow up to become fully functioning members of society.
It Helps Improve Inventiveness
When children are encouraged to take risks and express themselves when they are making art, they are able to develop to use think for themselves, which is something that will be really important when they become adults. Our society needs people who are always thinking, people who can sit down and come up with new ways that will make our lives much better. Society does not need more followers; it is safe to say that we have more than enough of those already.
It Helps to Develop Cultural Awareness
Society is becoming more and more diverse; we all know that. If a kid is having fun with a toy that suggests a sexist or racist meaning, some of that meaning will develop due to the aesthetics of the said toy - its shape, color, texture. By teaching kids how to recognize the decisions that a designer or artists makes in their works helps them to understand that what they are seeing could very well be someone else’s interpretation of what reality is.
Helps to Improve Academic Performance
Studies have shown that there is a distinct correlation between other academic achievement and art. Americans for the Arts released a report that stated that children who took part in arts regularly (three hours a day, three days a week) were 4x more likely to be recognized for other academic achievements than those children who skipped art all together.