Once upon a time art was a considered recreational subject, at best. It was often offered as a class a couple times a week and consisted of students doing small projects with paint, construction paper and clay. The more we learn about education, however, the more we discover the importance of art as a part of formal education.
Art can help improve education on many levels. It gives students an outlet for their energy and offers them a way to express themselves and relieve stress. By giving kids this type of outlet they can concentrate more when it comes to other subjects. It also gives them something to look forward to, which can make sitting through a subject they don’t like a bit easier to handle!s
Art can also improve coordination and help students develop fine motor skills. Learning to cut and color in the lines, manipulate clay, sculpt or paint all improve a child’s dexterity. This adds up to improved self-confidence which has a trickle down effect on all other areas of a child’s life!
Educators have been aware of this link for a long time, but there are studies that back it up. For instance,a study by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum found that students that worked with artists to develop art skills did better in literacy tests than did other students. Their improvement covered reading and comprehension skills, drawing a link between the ability to experience art and improved literacy scores.
What’s best is that your student doesn’t have to be good at art to benefit from doing it! A child may not be able to draw or paint well but they will still gain skills from the process of trying. So encourage your children to explore art and express themselves! If nothing else you’ll enjoy seeing the fruits of their work and have some wonderful keepsakes of their school years!