In recent years, it seems that school curriculums have become increasingly shy in the arts realm. With budget cuts affecting most schools, the trend suggests that the arts are almost an unnecessary privilege given to kids, and they're always the first to go. However, we believe that art and creativity are a crucial part of development for children and teens. Here's why:
Improved life and school skills
Art encourages students to develop skills useful throughout their lives. It challenges fine motor skills, presents opportunities for decision making, and teaches the importance of concentration, dedication, and persistence in the real world.
Fostering the Imagination
Art offers a mode of exploration of both the tangible and imaginary. Having a creative outlet inspires kids to explore and recognize new possibilities. At the same time, they are encouraged to explore their senses and discover uses for new tools.
By exploring artistic expression, children and teens can challenge themselves to communicate non verbally, focus inwards, and analyze their own emotions. Similarly, by working alongside their peers and reflecting on their work, students can become more empathetic towards others and understand differing perspectives more fully.
Having the freedom to experiment in an artistic setting affords kids the opportunity to take pride in their creations and celebrate the product of their studies. Students flourish in a setting that is not forcibly creating career artists or stifling a student's curiosity, but rather allowing them to grow into the comfort of their own creativity.
Experience and Appreciation
By reflecting on art and learning about art history, students have the opportunity to draw connections between themselves and the world around them. Through this, children and teens can begin to recognize the common ground which draws us together and links us to our past.