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Kids Need Art. Here is why.

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Children who are exposed to art education do better in reading and math than those who are not. They are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds. When children are exposed to hands-on art activities, they are able to process their emotions in a safe way.

Providing ways for your child to experience art making and art education provides they with invaluable opportunities to:

  • Learn creativity – a way to put together two or more ideas in a new way. In today’s economy, creative problem solving is crucial to success. It will be even more important as our children become adults. The International Child Art Foundation tells us “…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…

  • Build Fine Motor Skills – increasing coordination and dexterity while holding a crayon, using scissors, using a paintbrush or squishing playdough. So much fun to be had while developing essential motor skills.

  • Become better problem solvers – creating art means making choices, determining composition, shapes, colors. Problem solving skills are developed through experimenting with different ideas and evaluating the results.

  • Make sense of their world – by expressing feelings, emotions and describing things in their world through creating art. Big ideas, for example “what colors can the sky be?” are be explored through drawing and painting. Structure and form – how things fit together – can be discovered through cutting paper and making a collage. Creating art is a safe and fun way to express emotions and feelings that children don’t yet have the words for.

  • Connect to each other – art levels the playing field and provides a way to communicate and have fun together regardless of age, race and abilities. Children love to create art projects and can sit side by side involved in their own creative process while forging strong connections with one another.

Children need art because it makes them become more effective, productive and resourceful adults and isn’t that what we all want for our children?

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