The pressure for our young students to learn and perform is growing every day. Curriculums are asking for more studies in hard fields such as Science, Math, and Physics. With budget cuts and smaller staffs, Art classes have taken a backseat in some communities.
Often seen as a “soft” science, there are many reasons why Art classes are just as important as any other class subject. According to an article on Livestrong.com early participation in Arts and Crafts classes has a multitude of benefits.
Imagination and Self-Expression – When children participate in both arts and crafts, creativity and imagination receive strong stimulation. A child…suddenly has the ability to express himself…with color and brush strokes. The youngster can also learn about symbolic communication through the art he creates, choosing various colors to communicate feelings, for example.
Individual Craftsmanship – With exposure to various types of arts and crafts, a youngster can develop her own individual craftsmanship interests…The youngster can benefit from setting goals for achievement. As a child improves, she can also look back on her progress to note the strengthening and refinement of her skills.
Strengthening Academics – If you integrate art and crafts into your child’s academics, your child can derive additional benefits. Many literacy and mathematical concepts can become easier to comprehend and even more interesting with the addition of art…A child who uses artistic manipulatives such as paper shapes and beads can gain mastery of mathematical concepts due to the hands-on nature of the items.
Life Skills – As your child creates a work of art, she has begun the process of communicating visually, advises author and educator MaryAnn F. Kohl, writing for Barnes and Noble Kids’ Expert Circle. A youngster also builds problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, and even social skills as she works with artistic media. The process of making her own creations and noticing other people’s creations provides important opportunities for the appreciation of other people’s strengths and acceptance of her own abilities. A child also learns that the ability to follow directions is an integral part of the satisfaction of seeing the final result when making a craft.
Twentieth-century German philosopher Ernst Cassirer explained the importance of the arts as follows: “Science gives us order in thoughts; morality gives us order in actions; art gives us order in the apprehension of visible, tangible and audible appearances….How a school prioritizes the arts may be up for debate and depend on the specialist teachers schools have access to. But a school should still be committed to introducing children to the best there is in as many art forms as possible.”
Encourage the Arts with your students and children. Interact with art teachers and let them know how important their skills are to the development of well-rounded students. Make sure the workers and leaders of tomorrow are open-minded individuals who understand the makings of the world both inside and outside of themselves.