5 Reasons Why Art is Necessary to Your Child’s Learning
Many people see art in schools as only an extracurricular activity. When schools lose funding, the arts programs are usually the first to go. But why doesn’t the mainstream push STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) instead of STEM or incorporate art into the subjects students should focus on?
Instead of seeing art as simply an extracurricular activity, we should see it as a necessary component of a child’s education, whether that education is in-person or online. To better understand why art is so important to your child’s studies, here are 5 reasons why you should consider introducing art into your child’s life.
1. Art helps students develop critical skills such as thinking practically as well as creatively.
Art, in itself, is a creative outlet so it should be no surprise that it helps strengthen one’s creative side. When it comes to problem-solving, thinking outside the box and figuring out creative solutions is essential for becoming more efficient in both academics and one’s personal life.
2. Art therapy is a healthier coping mechanism for students who struggle with stress.
Art therapy uses some principles of psychotherapy and tries to dive deeper into the individual to discover new thoughts and ideas through their art creations. Because many students are under strong academic pressure, art is a good way to alleviate that stress since it can help you focus on other subjects other than ruminating on the pressures at hand. Using art as a form of communication for underlying psychological feelings and emotions can also help discover the root of the stress and make it easier to find ways to get rid of it.
3. Art teaches students to be detail-oriented and observant.
Creating art pieces from scratch means to take many steps in order to reach a completed product. Artists have to pay attention to every small detail in their pieces, as well as how everything fits into the bigger picture. Observing the piece along every step of the journey trains one to notice the tiny changes and what differences they can make to the final product.
4. Trial and error teaches students confidence and that failure is okay.
Through experimentation, students will have to try different methods and mediums to find approaches they connect with. There will also be many times when something doesn’t turn out the way you wanted; an accidental smear, a color doesn’t blend smoothly, a pottery piece collapses. This means that mistakes and obstacles are inevitable, but it will show students that it is okay to mess up. Artists will face many setbacks in their career so they will have to continuously pick themselves up after each obstacle. This teaches students to be determined and persistent in anything they do.
5. Art teaches students to be patient.
In a world of social media and instant gratification, it is important to understand the virtue of patience and how relevant it is to academic projects, long-term personal goals and much more. Some forms of art don’t take a long time (doodling, sketching), but many long-term projects require a lot of time and persistence. This forces students to sit down and commit to their projects slowly. Finishing long-term pieces will teach students to have faith in their ability to complete goals, as well as to be patient in the process of doing so.
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