Children’s Day 2022: Reasons why arts education is beneficial for children’s early learning
By Manya Roongta and Krish Nawal
Arts education imparts knowledge beyond arts and crafts in various disciplines like music, dance, drama, performing arts, etc. Recognition of arts education is relatively lower in India as there are fewer people taking it. But contrary to the notion, arts education plays a vital role in the development of a child’s personality, developing creative expression and sharpening their senses.
Today, every industry and every job demands innovation, creativity, original ideas and impeccable interpersonal skills. This is why schools need to inculcate arts education in their curricula to ensure the holistic and creative development of students from an early age. Art teaches children technological skills and life skills such as critical awareness, independence, problem solving, concentration, patience and perseverance and thus prepares them for adulthood.
For starters, arts education encourages creativity and engagement beyond conventional methods. Students are not locked into the web of cramming facts and are motivated to explore their interests. They have a free hand to draw inspiration from any source and build their own artistic work.
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Improves cognitive skills
Simple activities such as holding crayons, coloring, cutting, drawing, stroking with paintbrushes, dancing, playing, etc., help students develop their fine motor skills with this hands-on teaching approach. Art also helps children understand the practice of cause and effect. For example, using scissors will help cut the paper into shapes, pushing the pencils harder will color the drawings that much darker, different steps in sync with the music when sequenced together will make a dance show, etc.
Foster understanding of teamwork and accepting mistakes
If you want children to understand complex and sensitive topics such as teamwork, group learning, etc., then art education is the way to go. Bring the kids together, give them a goal to achieve, and they’ll understand how working as a team will help them pursue their creative interests and easily achieve the common goal. This is when they also learn to balance their emotions, take responsibility for situations, understand the importance of empathy, and accept their mistakes.
Instills decision-making skills, self-confidence and self-motivation
Students also learn critical thinking skills as they must first plan and eventually follow the roadmap to create their masterpieces. When handcrafting a work of art, they are the ones who decide, because the field of creativity is limitless. Therefore, arts education plays a vital role in developing students’ decision-making skills and boosting their self-confidence. Children also have the chance to explore, become self-taught and be independent in the face of various challenges while motivating themselves to stay focused on their goals.
Improves concentration levels
The saying “all work and no play” is relevant to children. Long hours of studying without any extracurricular activities can make them boring and affect their personality development. Usually perceived as a hobby and a diversion from studies, art helps students improve their academic performance. Even an hour of artistic activity of their own can improve their concentration levels and help them stay focused on their studies.
Immersing yourself in arts education in all its forms broadens students’ outlook on life and makes them independent. It helps them understand the importance of decision making, owning up to one’s faults and the power to create a work of art independently despite all the obstacles. Arts education, with its myriad of benefits, helps students instill valuable life lessons and skills. It also gives them a safe zone to practice a wide range of skills and motivates them to perform better academically. With Children’s Day fast approaching, what better way to promote arts education as an indispensable tool for holistic child development!
(The authors are the founders of the Children’s Art Museum of India. The opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of FinancialExpress.com.)