6 Benefits of Visual Arts Education

1. Art Promotes Creativity

Creativity is the ability to think outside the proverbial box, to string two unrelated ideas together in a new way. Solutions to major problems and breakthroughs of all kinds are linked to creativity....

The ability to be creative is vital to the success of our children.

Now more than ever, as we face incredible challenges such as racial discord, wars, global warming, and mass extinctions. Individuals, organizations, and governments seek innovative solutions every day. According to the International Child Art Foundation, ?Research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property?key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.? The world needs more and better thinkers.

2. Art Encourages Neural Connections

Art is an activity that can employ all the senses?sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste...

Experimentation Helps the Brain!

Children?s brain synapses fire away as they experiment and create, squishing paint between their fingers, mixing colors and materials, or drawing from imagination or what they see in front of them.

3. Art Builds Fine Motor Skills

Using their hands to do all sorts of tasks kids gain fine motor skills....

The Fun of Doing!

Gripping a paintbrush, drawing dots and lines, mixing colors, cutting with scissors, controlling a glue stick or squeezing a glue bottle, kneading and rolling playdough, tearing paper….all of these tasks require increasing amounts of dexterity and coordination, yet they are so fun and rewarding that children want to do them over and over. As kids engage in art activities over time, their fine motor skills improve.

4. Art Develops Problem Solving Abilities

Open-ended, process-oriented art is nothing but an endless opportunity for making choices, coming to conclusions, second-guessing decisions, and evaluating results....

The Unknown Becomes A Puzzle Instead of A Problem!

Children become more comfortable with uncertainty and remain flexible thinkers, which is key for creativity and confidence. And the more experience they have with a variety of materials and techniques, the more likely they are to try new combinations and ideas.

5. Art Helps Kids Understand Themselves and Their World

Children absorb incredible amounts of new information, and they need to process what they have learned in a safe, reflective way. Art allows them to explore feelings and deal with both daily and significant events....

Art materials provide a safe outlet for emotions.

Movement, image, color, line, and imagination all help children express themselves in a multidimensional way?a way that words may not be able to do, or that may be more comfortable for them than words. When we encourage our children to explore art, we encourage them to master themselves, their bodies, and a variety of tools and techniques. We give them many ways to express themselves.

6. Art Helps Kids Connect

Art is an equalizer, helping create a common ground for children who don?t know each other and who may or may not be interested in the same things. It can help people of all ages, races, abilities, and even languages engage in a shared (and generally mutually loved) activity....

Connections to the World Around

We need connections to the world around us! The more we connect and understand those who are different then us the more we will value the contributions other make to the greater human story.