6 reasons why art education is crucial for your child’s growth
This article was sponsored by Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
‘Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as food,” said Maryann F Kohl, educator and publisher.
Creative outlets, which include theatre, dance, music and the arts, are integral to a child’s growing years. With more and more schools now understanding the importance of an arts curriculum, school children are exposed to various types of art.
At the Delhi/NCR-based Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), the constant effort has been to help educators connect students to art. The museum’s special educators create engaging content for art workshops that focus on innovative learning through art.
Talk to The best India, Somya Sahni, Education and Outreach Program Manager at KNMA, says, “Students from schools, colleges and NGOs come in large groups to attend these stimulating workshops throughout the year. These workshops are not just limited to students, but in recent years have also attracted many young adults, seniors, and people with special needs.
Emphasizing the need to expose children to an art education, she says, “Art is not just about improving a few factors, but helps promote overall growth in an individual. We believe it is very important for children to be exposed to such creativity and to find ways for them to retain it.
1. Helps Refine Academic Skills:
“Various studies have shown that children who devote an hour or more to art each day also do better in school. This promotes healthy growth in the child,” she says. Engaging in art also helps children develop an original thinking streak.
2. Improves Critical Thinking:
Critical thinking allows children to think independently and reflect on the problem facing them. An important skill for the 21st century, exposure to art helps children hone this. The desire to sift through information and make informed decisions stems from critical thinking.
According to an article in Arts Academy in the Woods, arts education, in particular, encourages students to observe the world from many different perspectives. Most works of art are very complex and consist of layers of meanings. It takes time to find, examine and consider these many layers.
It is this very process of observation and study that teaches art students to observe and analyze the world more intensely. And it gives them the skills that form the foundations of critical thinking.
3. Decision support:
According to a report by the New York Daily News, art helps develop decision-making. Exploring and trying new ideas develops a child’s mind as a critical thinker and problem solver when considering and making choices. These experiments in artistic creation extend into other fields.
4. Creative approach to problems:
“Participating in artistic creation opens a child’s imagination. When one has several thoughts running through one’s mind, one who is involved in art is able to solve problems in a better way. It helps to assess, observe and think critically while solving an ongoing problem,” adds Somya.
5. Visual learning:
It is important for children to learn and understand beyond text and numbers. Art provides that platform for children to see the world through a different lens. Dr. Kerry Freedman, head of art and design education at Northern Illinois University, says, “Children need to know more about the world than what they can learn through text and numbers. Arts education teaches students how to interpret, critique and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.
6. Color as a way to feel calm:
Somya says, “Color plays an important role in our life. Each color reflects a certain emotion. We are able to understand what is going on in a child’s head by sometimes asking him to paint at random. It is the reflection of our thoughts. Color is often used as therapy and can have a very calming effect on children.
At KNMA, with programs on art appreciation and various hands-on art classes, children can be expected to have an immersive experience. Currently, children can be enrolled in the Art of Storytelling program for children aged 5 to 14 for a nominal fee of Rs 300. The six-day program will run from June 21-26, 2022 in Delhi and Noida spaces. .
One can register by logging on to the official website here and filling in the application form.
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(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)