As the release of “Rufi and the magic paintings” is closer, we wanted to share “20 reasons art is good for kids” from MOCHA, the Chidren’s Museum of art (Oakland, CA).
In this adventure, while working spatial intelligence and mental representation patterns, the younger learners can have an approach to the art of the three of the painters that better connect with the imaginary of kids: Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh and Joan Miró.
Art in childhood education is essential. As MOCHA says: Research has shown that art serves as a child’s first language, laying the groundwork for speaking, reading and writing. Arts learning has also been shown to impact children’s physical, social and emotional development to children ages 0-5.
Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, believed that young children should be involved in both making their own art and enjoying the art of others. To Froebel, art activities were important, not because they allowed teachers to recognize children with unusual abilities, but because they encouraged each child's "full and all-sided development" (Froebel, 1826). More than a century later, he’s totally right.
So, stay tuned. Art teachers and development experts will show you here how to foster the development of children's aesthetic sense and how to engage children in creative experiences while promoting motor and cognitive development!
Now enjoy the 20 reasons!
- 1 Art stimulates both sides of the brain
- 2 33% of children are visual learners
- 3Studies show that children who do art read better and do better in math & science
- 4 Children need to learn through their senses and art is an excellent way of doing this
- 5 Children must have a place in school to express themselves
- 6 Art enhances self-esteem
- 7 Art enhances awareness of the physical environment
- 8 Art develops hand-eye coordination
- 9 Art enhances perceptual development
- 10 Art teachers open-ended thinking. It presents a culture of questions rather than a culture of answers
- 11 Art teaches children that there can be more than one solution to the same problem
- 12 Art teaches children how to engage in creative problem solving
- 13 Children can share and reflect on their art to learn about themselves, each other, and the world in which they live
- 14 When art is integrated with other curriculum areas children become more engaged in the learning process
- 15 In the process of art making a child is presented with possibility, discovery, and freedom thereby disrupting the control and predictability of conventional education found in the US today
- 16 Art nurtures the human soul (It feels good doing it, too!)
- 17 Art brings the community’s cultural resources into the classroom
- 18 Art involves parents and guardians in school governance and volunteer activities
- 19 Art provides a means, a common ground, to reach across racial stereotypes, barriers, and prejudices
- 20 Art is valuable for its own sake!