why it’s crucial to engage kids in art from a young age?
Art connects and inspires people globally. They tell stories and pass on traditions. From prehistoric cave paintings to frescoes, artists have played an essential role throughout history. Human evolution has expanded from many perspectives - from scientific drawings to the avant-garde (innovative and unusual).
Art movements have often played significant roles in social changes, and art often leads to changes in thinking or political leanings. The Futurism movement, for example, was closely associated with social movements, urbanization, and modernist thought. Likewise, the feminist art movement played a significant role in fighting for women’s rights.
Art reflects society and culture. It helps us understand what we are as human beings and influences how we relate to each other. Art is an expression of our inner thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It's also an expression of creativity used for self-reflection or social influence.
Art evaluation is vast, like the Universe, and has played a massive role in art development. Every artist plays a different and necessary part in contributing to our communities overall health, development, and well-being. Artists fulfil many roles. But in smaller cities, local artists bring pride to the community. It also sets an example for young people considering arts careers. Artists support their communities by teaching them about their art and craft. A painting ‘speaks.’
Art is creativity, an attribute increasingly acknowledged as one of the most significant factors in individual, organizational and cultural success. Art is vital, if intangible. If we engage children from a young age in hands-on art activities, they learn better in all disciplines.
Creativity is the ability to think outside the box. An innovative combination of two opposing themes contributes to new solutions and breakthroughs related to creativity. Creativeness is vital to success and world well-being. According to the International Child Art Foundation, “Research indicates that a child exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property. Several key attributes are essential for individual success and social prosperity in the 21st century." Now more than ever, the world needs more and better thinkers.
Art has significant value for many reasons. Art is subjective, personal and has long been a medium where individuals can express their feelings and emotions for many people. Art has always been a part of their lives and is a core part of their personality or who they are. Art helps people get through rough times in their lives. Art allows people to connect deeper through language or by seeing thoughts differently. Some art pieces speak to someone more than others, and everyone will have an art/painting that is particularly significant or special to them.
Educators tell us that art encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities that can help teach effectively and understand other key subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science. Art is valuable because it allows people to process their world. It encourages individuals to deal with scary emotions safely. It gives them critical sensory input. Art has significance, beauty, and expression. It simplifies the process. Kids also enjoy art as it is a fun activity. It keeps everyone engaged and happy and helps with the sometimes difficult transitions of the day.
Art employs all the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Art builds fine motor skills. Gripping a paintbrush, drawing dots and lines, mixing colours, cutting with scissors, controlling a glue stick or squeezing a glue bottle, kneading and rolling play dough, and tearing paper, etc., all of these tasks require increasing amounts of artistry and coordination, yet they are so fun and rewarding. As kids engage in art activities over time, their fine motor skills improve.
Open-ended, process-oriented art is an endless opportunity for making choices, drawing conclusions, second-guessing decisions, and evaluating results. Children become more comfortable with uncertainty and remain flexible thinkers, becoming creative and confident. And the more experience they have with different materials and techniques, the more likely they experiment with various combinations and ideas.
Art can also be a career option. The government has also created many organizations, one of which is STEAM. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. The difference is that the arts are included, ranging from visual arts, language arts, and physical arts to music and more. STEAM focuses on sparking imagination and creativity through the arts in ways that naturally align with STEM learning.
Morgan Bricca’s article from 2017 talks about herself, As an artist, what the challenges are, why artists should be encouraged, and how it can be a career prospect. Explained more about the Three Reasons Your Child Should Pursue a Career in the Arts
I love this quote that says:
“The future belongs to a very different kind of people...These people - artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, etc.
- Dan Pink
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