Although a lot of focus and attention are directed with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) we should also stressed the importance of art education in our children’s development.
Through art education, basic skills are developed which will better prepare them as they take on the different fields of learning when they grow up. Shaping their minds and encouraging them to explore their own capabilities and interests will equip them with the right mindset to make decisions as they embark upon their own future.
Exposure to art education
Studies have showed that early exposure to visual art, music, or drama encourages brain activity which promotes creativity. Through art education children are thought to express themselves in ways they are more comfortable with, be it through painting, dancing or reciting poems or singing. It breaks the language barrier not just with the little ones who are not yet equipped with the vocabularies but even with school age children that are having a hard time communicating themselves through language. Suffice to say, art is indeed a way of expression. It’s where children could learn how to become creative and communicative in non-verbal ways.
Being exposed to art education, these children develop a sense of self-confidence. They are given validation for being able to perform or create an art piece. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean that they’ve come up with an exceptional piece or performance. Aside from the fact that such an opinion is basically subject to different perception, we have to understand that as MaryAnn Kohl, puts it – art is a process, not a product.
“Where art is concerned, it is the process of creating — exploring, discovering, and experimenting — that has the greatest value. Through self-expression and creativity, children’s skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar.” – MaryAnn Kohl, award-winning author, publisher and educational consultant.
Developing skills through art education
Through art education, children are thought the value of perseverance and the ability to focus. They learn to figure out things on their own eventually. Like for instance, ‘this is not the color I’m aiming for, what should I mix it with to achieve what I want,’ or ‘my popsicle sticks are falling apart what would hold them together more firmly.’
Art education also has an impact on our children’s social and emotional skills. They can learn how to be patient and compare that to the consequences of being the opposite. For instance, ‘I really should let this painting dry completely before I proceed or I’ll ruin it like the last time,’ or ‘I really should attend practice today to make sure our group will perform well.’
Art education teaches our children to be appreciative of other children’s works and abilities in general. It teaches them the value of responsibility, and become considerate and respectful of other individuals as well.
While Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are no doubt important areas our youths should be educated on, let us keep in mind that art education also plays a role in shaping our youths today.