Why Art for Kids?

 

Understand that all children, actually all human beings, can be creative if they are encouraged and taught.

 

The Benefits of Using Creativity

Creativity is not a skill, it’s a talent. It’s up to us as parents to help our kids develop this skills.

  • Creativity is an essential problem-solving tool; allowing the ability to think outside the box.
  • Creativity is a key to success in nearly everything we do
  • It’s a key component of health and happiness
  • It is essential for science, math and even social and emotional intelligence
  • Creative people are more flexible better problem solvers which makes them more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change.

The Benefits of Exposing Children to Art

Aside from the physiological effects, the New York Center for Arts Education also lists other benefits of exposing children to art:

  • Your kid learns to think creatively, with an open mind
  • Your kid learns to observe and describe, analyze and interpret
  • Your kid learns to express feelings, with or without words.
  • Your kid practices problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, dance, music, theater and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts
  • Your kid discovers that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of view
  • School can be fun – playing can be learning
  • Your kid learns to collaborate with other children and with adults
  • Arts introduce children to cultures from around the world
  • Your kid can blossom and excel in the arts.  Even with physical, emotional or learning challenges, can experience success in the arts.
  • Arts build confidence.  Because there is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations.
  • Arts build community.  Schools with a variety of differences can celebrate the arts as one community.

The Loss of Creativity

If a group of second-graders are asked if they are creative, about 95 percent of them answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent.

“Right now we are grooming our kids to think in a very particular way, which assumes that the right way to be thinking is to be attentive, to stare straight ahead.”

20 percent of kids in many classrooms are diagnosed as having deficit disorders. People “diagnosed with these “disorders” are actually more likely to become “eminent creative achievers” once they are out in the real world. ~Author Jonah Lehrer


Technology is a Distraction

Although technology helps us in many ways, we also have to balance our lifestyle and take a break to use our imagination, unleash our creativity. Between 1958 and 1990 creativity scores went up. But statistics show that in the last 18 years, creativity scores have declined each year. (The Creativity Crisis, Newsweek) Kids today engross themselves in tv, video games, tablets, laptops.

 

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