Letting a child express their creativity through art is an important part of their growth as a child. When creating artistic work whether it is a crayon drawing or a self-portrait, a child is learning to communicate visually. They are learning to express themselves using other means of communicating other than their language.
Art helps to develop both basic and advanced problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts. Think about how many questions we ask ourselves when creating a piece of art. What colours should I use? Should I use pencils, crayons, or paint? If the glue is not working, what else can I use instead? Though these simple questions may seem like nothing, they are really the start of developing problem solving skills.
Children are encouraged to self-express when creating artwork. A happy child may express himself with a cheerful painting of his backyard garden, while a troubled teen may paint his frustrations with a dark and shadowy palette. Sometimes when we can’t say something through words, it is much easier to visually present it on paper. It helps us to let loose our frustrations and express our feelings. Many times this type of therapy is used for troubled youth. When they can’t express their feelings in words, they are asked to draw their feelings on paper.
Participating in art activities can help a child accept others and be involved in multicultural activities. This gives us a chance to teach a child different cultures while also being age appropriate. They can explore aboriginal dream paintings, sew together a Latin inspired doll, or learn Japanese calligraphy.
All in all, Art is an important part of a child’s life and we hope to involve children in amusing activities that let them express themselves in more ways than one.