Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Why art is so important?

Teaching children about art is not just about showing them how to recognize a van Gogh or Picasso, it's about preparing young minds for a future of invaluable experiences—art related or otherwise.
Even small activities like holding a crayon, selecting a color, walking hours among natural beauty such as flowers and woods, chasing their own shadows in the sunshine helps a child develop fine motor skills which is a key to brain development, reinforcing the connections between different parts of the brain. More connections means more brain power!
An interesting, challenging environment gives children's brains plenty of food for thought. This is what happens inside the brain when children have lots of arts opportunities. Children explore the world around them, using their senses to see, hear, smell, and touch objects, and to figure out how things work. When children whisk a marker back and forth across a big sheet of blank paper or play with a lump of clay, and when they meticulously cut with scissors, their brains are growing.The arts are indeed brain builders and nourish future thinkers with the creativity and by providing the power to think outside the box!