Enhances motor skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as manipulating a paintbrush or applying color, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. Handwriting improves, dexterity is enhanced, spatial relationships are learned, and the ability to recognize and draw shapes are all benefits of art classes for child development.
Focus: Researchers at John Hopkins University School of Education agree that the importance of the arts in children's lives gives them confidence and builds self-esteem. Studies have shown that when children participate in art activities, the feedback between student & teacher builds self-respect by helping them learn to accept criticism and praise. When students put their "all" into an art project, spending hours working on it and cultivating it, they will feel an enormous sense of accomplishment when it is complete. Self-motivation and personal pride grows with accomplishment.
Academic Performance: Skills learned from studying the arts positively affect classroom test scores. A Harris Poll found that 93 percent of Americans agreed the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children. In another study, twelve years of data was collected for the National Educational Longitudinal Survey. The study found that students who were highly involved with the arts outperformed less-involved peers. Young people who participate regularly in the arts 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. A study shared at the Learning, Arts, and Brain Summit reported that children showed more motivation, paid closer attention, and remembered what they learned more easily when the arts were integrated into their curriculum.
Artistic Abilities: Drawing, painting, & sculpting with clay all develop the use of line, tone, color and 3 dimensions. Visual learning has become a premier mode of learning. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information. Some of this information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects. Young people need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through written content and numbers.