Why Children Need Art Education

At Artsie, we believe that art not only brings life and personality to any space, but is also a crucial staple of child development. Art, and all branches of it, is responsible for molding the minds of children, preparing them for a bright and beautiful future. From assisting in their language development to improving their academic performance, a child’s education just isn’t complete without art.

 

Art and the Early Years

The first few years of life may be the most important time to introduce artistic practices and concepts to a child. Developmental milestones organized by the U.S National Library of Medicine estimate that between the ages of three to six, children should be able to draw a circle, hold a paintbrush, scribble with crayons, properly name shapes and colors, and even use safety scissors properly. The visual learning, language development and motor skill development that a child should be capable of at this stage of life can easily be achieved by viewing, creating, and talking about art.

Simply having pieces of art present in a home or classroom presents potential opportunities for a child to learn and identify the colors they recognize, and we happen to have plenty of colorful, kid-friendly artwork for you and your child to choose from! Viewing art also gives children a chance to describe how they feel when looking at an art piece, further strengthening their language and critical thinking skills. Setting aside time and space for a crafting corner gives children the chance to practice their motor skills and visual-spatial skills in a fun, artistic environment, and prepares them for success later on in other subjects of education.

 

A World of Possibilities

While a child begins to develop their critical thinking skills when talking about how art makes them feel, that skill is put to even more productive use when it comes time for a child to create their own art. The opportunity for a child to decide what to do and how to do it when they’re creating art is giving them the rare chance of making their own decisions; something that doesn’t happen often during adolescence. Decision making can strengthen critical thinking and problem solving skills, and eventually, the skill of decision making is carried over into other educational and/or life choices.

Creating art also encourages children to be as inventive and innovative as they can be, unlocking creative potential that wouldn’t otherwise be reached during a class like math or science. While we all want our young future leaders to be able to follow rules, we also want them to have the courage and inventiveness to take risks and harness the power of their imagination. If the freedom to be inventive with art is present throughout a child’s education, then it will turn into a skill that comes naturally to them later on in adulthood.

 

Future Success Stories

There’s no doubt that we all feel somewhat like products of our youth; from the good, the bad, and the ugly, came the people we are today. For our children, they will one day feel the same, so why not do what we can to make sure we mold them into confident, successful adults by keeping art present in their childhoods? It’s no secret that participation in the arts during school correlates with other academic achievements, like a higher IQ or winning the science fair. However, what’s not as widely recognized is the other positive personality traits that come as a result. Children and young adults become more confident with every artistic improvement they make, and that confidence will only continue to grow and plant its roots in other interests. The dedication and perseverance it takes for a child to improve in their art is another trait that will translate seamlessly into other school subjects and adult pursuits.

From helping to develop basic toddler skills to molding the minds of future leaders, art education is a critical part of any standard education. As much as Artsie believes that any space is incomplete without art, the same is true for a child’s education.

 

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