Children are naturally lovers of art when it comes to painting, drawing, singing, etc. Physiologically, the human brain consists of 2 parts, the left and the right hemisphere. The left brain is used in logical thinking and analytical processes. This is the part of the brain that is trained in school work like math, reading and science. The right brain is used for emotional perception, intuition and creativity. It is the right brain that is mainly used when a person is involved in creative activities such as making art. This is the part of the brain that the average school environment neglects to train.
It is demonstrated that when talented children take care of issues in their gifted areas, there is increased electrical activity in both hemispheres It gives the idea that for the mind to be proficient, the two sides of the hemisphere of the brains must cooperate. By stimulating and exercising the right hemisphere of the brain, the arts strengthen the connection between the hemispheres. Kids should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature so that their right brain will be as developed as the left, and both hemispheres work in pair, thereby achieving the full potential of the mind.
Aside from the physiological effects other benefits of exposing children to arts are:
- Kids will learn to think creatively, with an open mind
- Kids will also learn to observe and describe, analyse and interpret
- Kids also gets to know how to express feelings, with or without words.
- They get to practice problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, dance, music, theatre and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts
- Kids get to discover that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of view
- School can be fun when playing can be learning
- The kids also learns to collaborate with other children and with adults
- Arts introduce children to cultures from around the world
- Arts build confidence. Because there is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations.
- Arts build community. Schools with a variety of differences can celebrate the arts as one community.
Also, exposure to arts and the humanities is one important way to foster creativity in a child.
The following are tips to make the arts a part of your kid’s development:
- Always make arts and crafts supply available and accessible to your kid e.g. paper, pencil, crayons, etc.
- Celebrate your child’s artwork by hanging their drawings on the wall or save it in a folder. That way, your child feels that her creation is important.
- Read books — Pick up books about artists and the arts for them and read it with them.
- Notice the arts all around you by taking your family to museums, concerts, or theatre. Notice the art even in the parks, subways, and open spaces. Talk about what you see.
- Enjoy the arts at home by sharing your artistic skills and interests with your kid. Find out what your kids love about the art.
- If your kid shows great interest, enrol him/her in arts class.
- If possible, remind your kid’s school authorities about the importance of art in her education.
- Expand your child’s horizon by getting her interested in other art forms including literature, dance and music etc.
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