Skills That Children Can Acquire From Art Learning

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Art is now becoming a form of life-skill learning especially for young ones. Children are being engrossed to topics when art is involved since it stimulates their minds and install their curiosity. However, because of the rising advancement of technologies, children now moved away from hands on activities and would prefer to explore with fast moving technologies, which can be harmful to the development of their brains. There are some gadgets that may change the behaviour of a child and sometimes these impacts may not be appropriate. If you want your child to learn skills and become creative in their own ways, engaging them with art activities could be a great path.

Art education does not only help a child become creative and improve the mind but it can also help in acquiring skills that children can use when they grow up. Art is not just a way of expressing yourself but it also helps in acquiring skills that can help children to be able to work in a group and improve their problem-solving ability. Children can enhance their skills as they grow up with creative activities.

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Skills that children can acquire from art education

Self-esteem

A child’s confidence can be developed in art learning process; it can boost the self-esteem of children, as they are encouraged to explore different possibilities of mediums and creations. It allows them to move out of their comfort zone and experiment with new thoughts. They will discover that they are capable of making their thinking visual.

Concentration

Art making process requires the use of the whole body, including eye hand coordination and brain cognitive process. Art activities can help the child to develop their concentration, as they are productive and receptive activities. The child is actively involved in doing something and can greatly benefit from knowing where the start and finish off. Having a goal to aim for can help a child focus and concentrate through to the end.

Creativity

Exposing children to different art making process can help them think out of the box to deliver their ideas and thus strengthening their creative thinking skills. Children are great dreamers and are innovative; they need platforms and opportunities to express their ideas.

Communication

It is a fantastic way to encourage children’s language development through art activities; the child gets the chance to refine their receptive language skills (understanding what they have heard) by following instructions, understanding questions and demonstrating their understanding of basic concepts such as colours, sizes, shapes and formation. They also get an opportunity to work on their expressive language skills (using words to express themselves) by describing what they are doing, explaining their ideas and choices and asking for help when required.

Social Skills

Art activities also allow for the development of social communication and interaction skills (pragmatics) in a natural context. Taking turns, asking for help, complimenting the work of others and sharing ideas and experiences are all important skills children need to learn in order to be a good communicator.

Critical thinking

Art activity can be used to develop critical thinking, which includes the ability to use logic and reasoning in problem solving. Critical thinking is an active, purposeful, organized, and cognitive process that research has shown can be explicitly taught. The skills required for critical thinking support higher learning, which necessitates the ability to see connections between concepts and topics, and to generalize understanding between disciplines.  A thinking routine, seeing/thinking/questioning, also can be used with art activity.   In this process, children are asked to describe what they see, what they think about the subject matter, what is it made of and how they feel about it. Critical thinking stimulates the imagination, and if they learn to follow through, they can exercise creativity to make their dreams come true.

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EducationShaun Yap