Art Education and Your Children’s Development

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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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Channeling My Passion for Art

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I’m very passionate about art; I have a degree in Fine Arts and even completed a Masters Program around the same time that I starting my own family.  It was quite a challenge, and I can honestly say that it wasn’t easy – but it’s all worth it!

Being able to be there for my kids on their formative years while keeping in touch with my passion for arts is undeniably one of the best decisions I made ever.

I was an art teacher for more than 20 years and also do glass arts – so basically my life revolved around arts.  It’s very much a part of who I am really, I breathe art. I love art!

A burning passion.

I’m a strong believer that keeping your passions in life alive makes you a better person.  It brings out the best in you.  You become this person that can affect other people positively.  You become a source of joy and hope.

Probably you’re thinking that keeping in touch with life’s passion is the last thing we can afford to think of considering that we’re all so caught up with our jobs, making a living and other mundane things that have taken control over our life completely.

But I truly believe that anchoring everything else in your life with your passion will ultimately bring focus and balance.  When you’re passionate about something you make things happen – even things you probably thought you won’t be able to do now feels you can easily accomplish.   Problems or trials or challenges become bearable if not easy.  You see things more clearly.  You make things happen.

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For me, channeling my passion for art brings my life in focus and in balance.  It actually paves the way towards freedom for me.  I can honestly say that I’ve regained control of my life living it the way I have always wanted to – spending quality time with my family, traveling to different places, nurturing meaningful relationships, creating a sustainable life and of course creating arts!

When I decided that I’m going to empower myself and break free from whatever it is that is dragging me down to unhappiness – I found my inner strength, the superwoman in me – and started making changes in my life.

These are not easy changes and I even faced harder choices along the way.  I kept going anyway because it was clear to me that arts will always be (and have always been) a part of my life. That I know for sure.  I muster the strength to delve into the business world, a world that is foreign for me, but it didn’t discourage me – I persevered instead!

Now, I’m enjoying my freedom and still channeling my passion for art to continue on making changes to even better my life and to affect other people as well – all while creating a sustainable life for my family!

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