8 Reasons Children Need Early Art Education
Every school in the country offers art of some type in early education. It is not just to give the children something to do and to take a break from textbooks. Art education teaches vital lessons and can having a lasting impact on your child’s life and their future success. Often though, the time spent in art classes in public school is not structured or designed with education in mind. In addition, more schools are reducing arts programs in order to give more time to math and science in pressure to meet strict testing standards. Here are 8 benefits to enrolling your child in early art education classes.
Art helps children develop hand eye coordination and spatial intelligence.
At the earliest age, children are developing their fine and gross motor skills as they learn to hold paint brushes and pencils as well as spatial intelligence as they are building and forming drawings and sculptures. This promotes better coordination as well as assisting in fine motor skills that it takes to draw lines and to paint and color. Creating, and viewing art, excites and promotes the growth of the visual processing system to aid in recalling reality or creating fantasy with ease.
Creating art teaches kids to think creatively and solve problems.
Each person sees and interprets the world differently. If you ask a child to draw an apple you will likely get a mix of shapes and colors. Art requires a constant problem-solving mentality. How do I make this chunk of clay into a sculpture, what colors do I need to mix to get a certain shade, how hard to I need to press to achieve a certain darkness of line?
Children are routinely and unconsciously problem solving and analyzing in the process of making art. It allows for children to interpret, criticize and use visual information and make choices from it.
Artworks encourage and support creative expression and communication allowing for better emotional regulation.
Art not only makes people feel good, it creates an outlet to express feelings and emotions. When young children may not have the words to articulate what they are feeling it is often easier to draw or create something that represents their emotional state. Arts improve children’s empathy, and ability to recognize feelings and emotions in themselves and others, by providing an outlet. Children with art integration programs had more positive emotion expression and displayed improvements in teacher rated emotional regulation over the course of the year according to the Early Childhood Commission.
Taking art courses improves academic performance.
Children immersed in art courses and experiences do better academically than those not exposed PBS says, “A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem, than children who do not participate.
These children with early exposure and art training are better able to recall visual images and quickly see and establish patterns in math as well as literature. When art is integrated into the core curriculum, children stand a greater chance at retaining the information.
Art helps to build confidence.
As a parent, I can think of hundreds of times where my daughter has run excitedly up to me to share a piece of art she made in school. She beams with pride as she explains it to me. Instilling confidence, and a healthy sense of ego, is a large part of early development. Art allows them to work on a skill and provides an outlet to demonstrate what they have learned. This helps to further develop a positive sense of self.
Art helps children to see and accept diversity.
In a piece of art, a child makes they are working to represent an idea, feeling or statement in a multitude of ways. No two paintings will be the same. That is the beauty of art. Early art education allows for children to share and discuss their points of view while also experiencing and relating to the varied points of views and ideas expressed by their peers. Promotes patience and focus.
Creating art builds focus and perseverance.
Art takes time and dedication. Early on students make several mistakes and it is easy to get frustrated with the process when they feel like they can’t bring the image in their mind to the canvas. Through classes and time students learn the skills needed to make their ideas come to life. This practice in patience transfer over to their daily lives both academically and in social settings. Their ability to focus and work through problems makes them a more rounded individual.
Art teaches children to plan and conceptualize.
Early in the art process children are tasked to create something. They must imagine what they will be creating, how it will be laid out, and the steps required to execute. This skill and ability to map out a project is the same visionary skills used by managers and leaders to plan and execute in the workforce. This ability to forecast and plan is worthwhile in all life arenas.
Early art courses are so much more than just a filler. They teach children to think critically, to practice and to problem solve. Art courses challenge children to think creatively about a situation and see an array of possibilities. Enrolling your child in art education will ultimately make them better adjusted and more successful adults.