Learning to Love the Arts: 35 Benefits of Art for Kids
Do you view art as just messy playtime for kids? Or do you realize it’s so much more than that? Art can be good for kids in many ways. Read more...
Benefits of Art to Kids
Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, making music, the theater. Unfortunately, when schools cut back on budgets, the arts are usually the first to go. It seems that schools do not appreciate the importance of art in building a kid’s brain. Read more...
How Art Helps Develop the Young Brain
Neurosciences research is revealing the impressive impact of arts instruction on students' cognitive, social and emotional development by David A. Sousa
Every culture on this planet has art forms. Why is that? Neuroscientists continue to find clues as to how the mental and physical activities required for the arts are so fundamental to brain function.
Art and the brain
Most educators and parents agree that the arts should have a place in the early childhood curriculum. Parents rarely ask "Why?" when they hear that their children will spend time drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, or playacting activities during the day in child care. After all, art is fun and engaging and children like it! Isn't that reason enough? Read More...
source: ChildCare Education Institute
By: Michael I. PosnerPh.D., and Brenda Patoine
If there were a surefire way to improve your brain, would you try it? Judging by the abundance of products, programs and pills that claim to offer “cognitive enhancement,” many people are lining up for just such quick brain fixes. Recent research offers a possibility with much better, science-based support: that focused training in any of the arts—such as music, dance or theater—strengthens the brain’s attention system, which in turn can improve cognition more generally. Furthermore, this strengthening likely helps explain the effects of arts training on the brain and cognitive performance that have been reported in several scientific studies - See more...
The Importance of Art in Child Development
In recent years, school curricula in the United States have shifted heavily toward common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up. Read more..
Your preschooler is having a blast finger-painting with a mix of colors. Trying to be encouraging, you ask her, "What are you making?" and she shrugs. Until you mentioned it, she hadn't given it any thought. Little kids are masters of the moment...read full article
Washington, DC—In their first years, children experience rapid and important emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. What role do the arts play in early childhood development? A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at research on how the arts affect young children from birth to age eight. The news is good, but several research questions remain, according to this literature review. Read Full story...
Rothko used simple shapes : squares and rectangles. Some were big and some were small and some were super skinny! Here is how to create a Rothko style artwork.
Every child is special. Every doodle they create is unique and shows the freedom they experience when young. Their first artwork, a line or a curve is their first expression, their signature. How many of us parents honestly take the effort and time to understand and treasure these masterpieces, or even share with our friends and family?
Children are in their purest minds while they run these lines of imagination!As parents and teachers, we need to provide them the time and tools that help them broaden their circle of imagination, in other words; to become Creative!
“Creativity comes with less rules at home or school, where children are encouraged to think for themselves.” says Harvard psychologist Teresa Amabile.
Creativity in musicians, artists, architects, athletes, even doctors bring joy and wonder to their work as they enjoy doing it and are not told to do so! By letting them learn few things on their own and not by the book/other people's perspectives, brings out the creative side of a child that goes into adulthood helping him/her to lead a healthier and happier life. This creative thought process is your child's own genuine and unique approach to life!
A good read for all parents who want their children to be creative:
How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off!
Next month's topic: “Importance of Shapes”
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