In recent years, the implementation of art in a class setting is becoming less common, and even when art activities are used, they are often viewed as fun activities or boredom busters rather than beneficial to learning and education. However, art can do a number of fantastic things for developing children, beyond sparking creativity. The above infographic from weareteachers.com provides some details on how art can be great for the developing brain.
Furthermore, the Washington Post lists the following as essential skills that can be developed from incorporating art into education:
- Creativity: this goes beyond the creativity required to make paint, act, play music etc. Creativity ties into problem solving and the ability to think on the fly, and shift your perspective when faced with a problem.
- Confidence: Art can foster a confidence in children’s own abilities and build self-esteem as it challenges them to push their limits and think outside the box.
- Perseverance: learning a new artistic skill (like playing an instrument or learning to sculpt) can be difficult, and so it is beneficial in teaching children how to stick with something and watch themselves improve.
- Non-verbal Communication: Art can teach children that communication can occur in a number of different ways.
- Collaboration: art projects that require team work teach children to work together and forces them to practice essential social skills.
- And more! Visit second source at bottom for more information.
At Parkland Players we love to incorporate art into our activities on a daily basis. We believe it can be fun, engaging and educational.