The Importance of Art in Education
Long ago, art was looked at as a much more important subject for children to express creativity than it is nowadays. Today, schools are cutting programs like art and putting a stronger emphasis on studies like math and science. Though those are both very important for children’s education, art is equally important yet frowned upon more than supported. Art is a necessary part of children’s development and without it, it can harm proper development.
The Benefits of Art in School:
Language: When children are exposed to art at a young age, it helps encourage communication and learning of colors, shapes, fabrics, and even actions. Paper can be cut into different shapes and markers and crayons allow children the opportunity to see all that color has to offer, especially when mixing two different colors to make a completely different color. Colors can evoke certain moods and allows children to express themselves. When exposed to art at a young age, it makes children more confident to express themselves with art as they get older.
Development of Motor Skills: Children’s motor skills improve when making art as they learn the basic necessities of how to old a pair of scissors and cut properly and carefully, how to use paintbrushes, how to hold and use markers and crayons, even being able to use their fingers to finger paint. The National Institutes of Health have stated that a child’s ability to safely use scissors (safety scissors when young) dramatically improves a child’s “dexterity” that is needed for learning to write.
Independence in Inventing: The beauty of art is that there aren’t too many rules. There is a freedom in it where children are encouraged to think outside the box and invent whatever they feel the desire to. Being able to create whatever they want will help them as they become adults because just as it is important to follow certain directions, it is important that children are raised to create new ideas and new ways of thinking and creating. When children are always told what to do, it causes them to have fear in all areas of their life. Art allows independent thinking – which is beautiful and necessary to proper development.
Visual: Art is visual which assists children in developing visual-spatial skills. We are in an age where children are using tablets to do activities and games so it’s more than just number and pictures on a piece of paper. They are able to learn things and process information at a much faster speed due to the advancements in technology and activities like painting, sculpting with materials like paper mache, and making necklaces and other pieces of jewelry that involve bead-to-thread only help with visual learning.
Improved Overall Grades: Studies by Americans for the Arts found that young students, who are involved in some type of art program, are 4 times more likely to excel in academics, including achievement rewards.
Cultural Awareness: Children that partake in regular art activities are exposed to different types of art that allow them to be more open to other cultures’ views on religion, society, and love, just to name a few. They are encouraged to appreciate other types of art by not being kept in a bubble. This is very important to the development of children – The more they are exposed to different ways of the world than their own (in terms of art), the more knowledgeable they will be as they continue to grow.
As you can see, there are numerous benefits to keeping art in school. It’s also important for parents to be involved in partaking in art and crafting projects with their children outside of school so they can continue to nurture their children’s creative outlets and expression. Make sure not to tell your child how to do such things such as mixing certain paint colors together, since art is a personal outlet that should not be stifled. Allow them to be creatively free…