The Importance of Artistic Expression in Young Children Development
Have you seen the concentration and enthusiasm on a child's face, when they are involved in coloring or other similar activities?
If yes, then this blog post is a must-read for you!! Let’s start …
"Every child is an artist". Each one has the creative talent and the ability to express that creativity. Not only it is an essential part of their childhood development, but it also helps develop cognitive abilities, increase their academic performance, and give them a sense of confidence and belonging.
When we talk about creativity, it is not only limited to art, music, craft, writing, or drama, but children can also be creative with anything they do; let it be math, science, or sports.
If we talk about art specifically, it is not only fun and entertaining but also educational. Creative expression is very important for a child's brain development. It provides opportunities for them to develop other crucial skills for their academic, physical, intellectual, social, and emotional progress.
The International Child Art Foundation has stated that “a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property—key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century."
If we go further deep in this, below mentioned are some skills children learn when they engage in craft & other art forms.
Visual or Non-Verbal Communication
A picture says a thousand words! The artistic expression goes beyond verbal language to communicate feelings that might not otherwise be expressed. "When a child draws a picture, paints a portrait or dances around the living room, that child is beginning to communicate visually," says Mary Ann Kohl, author of ‘Primary Art:
Children can create art from their imaginations or what they see in real life like family portraits, playing in the park, or a beautiful landscape.
Apart from art, dance and drama also enable them to communicate different emotions through different ways of movement.
When children share their artworks and explain the process, they develop language skills. The same thing occurs when they appreciate others' efforts. We should listen to them and ask open-ended questions to encourage them more.
Fine Motor Skills
Working with materials like pencils, crayons, play-dough & clay, glue, chalk, and paintbrushes help children to develop their fine motor skills. These skills will help them in various situations like writing, holding a paintbrush, mixing colors, squishing paint between their fingers, sharpening pencils, using scissors to cut paper into desired shapes, buttoning a shirt, squeezing glue from a bottle in a controlled manner, etc. They will also develop hand-eye coordination.
Self Expression & Mental Growth
Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. Creative art requires free thinking, experimentation, and analysis. It allows children to try out new ideas, new ways of thinking, and problem-solving. Free expression is also good for better health and well-being. It also helps to develop a unique personality of a child.
Studies reveal that when you finish your creative task, your brain is filled with a natural anti-depressant that can improve your mood and make you feel good.
Art allows children to make their own judgments, without following any specific rules or directions. Many questions will arise in the child's mind regarding the process. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I express a particular emotion through dance? How do I convey a sad emotion through painting?
Thus, children are solving challenges and coming up with new. These skills will help them develop the problem-solving skills necessary for success in their life.
Young children will learn to recognize different colors, sizes and shapes. They will also learn to count, make comparisons and sort out their art materials. They will also practice skills like patterning, i.e., how to make light and dark shades, creating new shades using two crayons at the same time, etc.
Why Art & Craft Classes are Important?
Children need encouragement and support to develop their creativity. They need daily opportunities for creative thinking. We should provide the space, time, and supplies for art. We need to appreciate their talent and hard work, instead of thinking about the end result or outcome.
Furthermore, we should allow them to focus on the process so that they can explore, experiment, and express themselves freely. Booking a free Art & Trial class at Art Gharana can help the children further develop and explore their creative skills.
Join Online Art & Craft Class at Art Gharana
At Art Gharana, we take pride in celebrating the diverse culture and values imbibed in our rich Indian heritage. We constantly make an effort to promote the same among people so that they can also share in this joy of what it means to be an Indian.
We provide a platform for individuals to come try their hands at a variety of activities from dancing, singing, painting, playing an instrument to learning about astrology. We bring in the very best experts to teach you so that you can leave with an experience of a lifetime. All our courses are online and they have been meticulously designed to ensure that you not only learn a great deal from them, but you also have an insane amount of fun while you are at it.
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