I truly believe it is important to children of every ability explore their creative side. Creativity can be and is such an important outlet for so many of us, but sadly some of the first services to get cut from schools are usually the arts which carry tremendous value to our students. Here is what we know so far about how the arts positively impact our students:
- Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them more easy to understand.
- Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
- Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
- Integrating art with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in classwork.
- Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
- Art is important in young children’s education as it is one of the ways to help children to express themselves through different channels such as dance, drama and visual arts. Children do need to not be afraid of making mistakes as art promotes creativity, imagination and expressions.
- The arts provide challenges for learners at all levels.
- Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world.
- A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
- A study of Missouri public schools in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates, and test scores.
The value of arts whether it be theater, music, drawing, dance or sculpting cannot be underestimated so to do my part in my little corner of the world to support the arts every Sunday I will be sharing something from Clintons Creative Corner! Clinton loves to create and what we will share will vary from week to week so stay tuned 🙂 You never know what Clinton might share from his creative corner! It could be a drawing, it could be a robot made from recycled materials, it could be legos or a combination of all that and more.
This week we will be sharing Clintons Pipe Cleaner Creation “Craner” Here are some fun facts and stats about Craner.
- He has a crane arm that reaches for someone he might want to capture.
- He is 100ft tall and weighs 27 tons! I think he looks remarkably slim for weighing so much.
- He can transform into a crane in a matter of seconds.
- Craner is also a Decepticon who serves Megatron.
- He likes to fight Optimus Prime.
I am proud of each and everyone of Clintons creations and creating is something that is natural for him, in fact I believe it is natural for all of us but along the way a lot of us stopped tapping into our creative side. Here are some websites to help you and your little tap back in.