What is Art?
Art is a form of expression. And by art I don’t mean just drawing and colouring. Art is a huge spectrum of different forms of expression that we use to connect with a large audience, or maybe, ourselves. Any method that helps you express your feelings, emotions, thoughts and desires in its entirety is considered art.
Art is Involved in Your Child’s Initial Learning
Remember how when kids just start out to read and learn, you introduce the world of nursery rhymes to them? They not just teach them the alphabet but also moral values, science, good habits, numbers and counting and much more. These rhymes impart learning not in the form of books, pen or paper. But in the form of visual arts using music, imagery, colours and poetry.
Kids learn fast and remember the nursery rhymes even after several years. That is the power of learning from the arts! It speeds up your child’s learning process, boosts memory and helps express themselves with actions and facial expressions. Like many other resources, I can list out a number of benefits of arts and which arts subject will help your child improve their academic performance. However, the motive behind learning arts should not be to better something else. Rather it should be better yourself, as a person, everyday.
“The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance.” - Aristotle
Learnings from Art Last a Lifetime
Any creative activity is known to improve your overall health and even boost your immune system. A healthy mind and body is bound to reflect its benefits on the academic performance of children. Being involved in one or many art forms takes just a small amount of time and dedication from your child’s end and in turn gives numerous learnings which last a lifetime.
If I were to categorize arts into a couple of branches, it would come down to a broad list of 5 :
- Visual arts - drawing, painting, photography
- Performing arts - dance, music, theatre, mime, puppetry
- Literature - writing, poetry, drama, storytelling
- Plastic arts - sculpture making, pottery
- Decorative arts - designing, architecture
Choose any one or choose them all, art as a subject (not the school one) has a lot to teach when you immerse yourself completely in it.
The 7 Priceless Life Lessons Given by Art
Imagination and Innovation
I have imagination skills. You have imagination skills. So do our children. But do we channelise these ideas in the right direction? Art gives that much required space to your child to explore and bring their imagination to life. Once imagination starts getting expressed with the help of art, they turn into ideas and finally into an innovation which can change the world.
“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.” - Paulo Coelho
Learn to Work Alone and With a Team
I used to learn dancing and always preferred to dance alone. I absolutely hated the idea of other people not matching the same steps at the same time. But with time, I learnt to keep patience and how to dance with an entire troop. And gradually it started reflecting in my other activities of life.
Art teaches you how to work alone as well as in collaboration with others as and when needed. Teamwork is required at school, in career and even while preparing for a family dinner! Not just a perk but teamwork is a life skill that can be learnt easily with art.
Time. The one thing that no one has! Be it visual art or performing arts that your child is learning, their creativity will always be showcased in a specified amount of time. It may not be so initially, but ultimately your little one will be participating in a 2-minutes-to-fame to express all that they feel or think.
Art values time and this value of time management gets transferred into your child’s everyday activities of life.
Determination and Resilience
Give your child a couple of colours and arts to draw, you’ll observe them thinking and staring at the blank canvas. But once they pick their drawing pencils and crayons there is no stopping them. They become extremely determined to pour out their creativity onto the canvas.
They might erase multiple times and redo their outline and sketch. But this act that you might find “silly” is actually teaching them a lesson that we all struggle to learn - resilience. It is totally fine to not get things right the first time you do it. To start all over again with courage and determination. This is the kind of learning that we all can benefit from at every stage of life.
Visual and spatial skills are developed through learning from drawing, painting and sculpting. This helps in perceiving objects differently and interpreting visual information. It helps you think critically even in the most complex situations.
Appreciation of Diversity
We live in a diversified world with numerous cultures and backgrounds. Art is not restricted to any one culture and so all art forms bring to your child an amalgamation of cultures under one roof. Children learn to become aware of the various cultures around them and open up to different perceptions and not just stick to their own.
Practice and repetition is a big part of any art form. And this instills confidence in children. The confidence and self-acknowledgement start reflecting in the child’s personality overtime. Art helps in building a personality image in the child’s mind which ultimately becomes visible to all.
Art teaches a number of invaluable skills that help children shape their perceptions, thinking process and personality. Even the painting with the two mountains, a Sun and a few birds doesn't look the same for any two children. Some elements in it will be different - even if it is a different shade of blue for the sky or whether the Sun has curvy rays or straight ones. THAT differentiating factor can tell us so much about children!
Give your child the gift of art, an unbiased platform to express oneself - freely!
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