Below are 3 articles that give some amazing psychological insights into a kid's mind via their artwork.
Children love to draw, and their work is a reflection of their inner world. Most kids don't think about or censor their artwork. For the past 40 years, Dr. Martin Stein used children's drawings as an important part of his pediatric practice. At each well-child visit beginning at 4 or 5 years old, their nurse asked the child to "draw a picture of your family doing something." To simplify the process, each exam room is equipped with blank white paper on a clipboard with a black felt pen. Read more
As a five year old, all my brother wanted to draw were enormous bonfires burning everything in their path and emitting thick, choking black smoke.
My daughter at the same age drew her family standing in the garden – but on closer inspection, under the turf lay rows of bodies. “They’re the dead people,” she explained, brightly. Read more
Children’s drawings, doodles and sketches have been the subject of study now for over a hundred years, and new theories and ideas about what they mean, how they develop, and how they can be used both educationally and therapeutically, are arising all the time. This week, I’m going to look at whether children’s drawings, especially younger children, can give any psychological insights into their character and thinking. There is a school of thought that believes that children’s scribbles and doodles are in fact deeply revealing of intelligence, personality and emotional state, in the same way graphologists believe that handwriting is for adults. Read more
I bought a couple of canvas frames and acrylic paints for my daughter today and decided I should paint with her. I only bought yellow, red, white and blue. These colors are enough to mix and make other major colors. I wanted to make something simple and yet something that my kids would be excited to see. So the idea of mixing candy with nature - The Lollipop Garden :-)
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! Children are looking forward to exchange Valentine's Day cards. This is a great opportunity for your kids to do a special artwork and practice writing. Help your kids personally write the name of the class mate and sign the cards. To avoid hurting anyone's feelings make sure you have enough cards for everyone in the class.
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..