Art is a significant area for children because kids will
be growing up with many valuable lessons through art. Art and
creativity are vital areas of child development: character,
fine motor skills, and communication. Why children make art has been a
question with many answers. Children make art because it is part of
them, it is essential for their child developmental journey.
Dr.Maria Montessori: "..artistic
activity is a form of reasoning, in which perceiving and thinking are
intertwined. A person who paints, writes, composes, dances… thinks with
his sense…Genuine art work requires organization which involves many
perhaps all of the cognitive operations known from theoretical
age 5 to 6 is an ideal age
to develop creativity and artistry as they are exploring the world
them and developing their fine motor skills. It is never too
late for any child to be exposed or trained at older age and
children develop differently as well. Even adult can
're-learn' this drawing ability and creative talent..
the area of creativity and artistry, the process is very important as
you will meet with different end. Creativity usuaully hidden and
A child with good fine motor skill and imagination, they can
be more expressive and creative.
and happiness doing art
between art and other area of child development is subtle and
intertwined with lots of joy and happiness:
Ability to Draw
ability to draw requires the fine motor skills in a child. It
requires children to be able to control and co-ordinate their
little hands and mind. Therefore, if children can draw well, they
usually have strong fine motor skills. This skill is required to do
writing as well and therefore, they can write beautiful words. In
addition, the ability to draw well is essential for a child to express
themselves fully because of limited in their spoken language
vocabulary. There is a saying, a picture worths a thousand
As parents, you will get drawings from your kids because they wanted to
express their feelings, experience, thoughts, and ideas. Fine
motor skill in drawing ability is therefore critical to a
to Create Form
ability to create form for a child requires good observation and recall
of memories. They will need to express clearly about their growing up
experience and excitement around them. To be able to draw a picture
that we can comprehen will be very useful for communication and
understanding of a child as well.
to Complete A Picture
ability of children being able to draw, colours and complete the
pictures by themselves will enhance their self confidence and
independence. Anxious parent or teachers holding their little hands to
draw or complete the colouring might not be helpful for this level of
development. Children love to draw and colours by themselves. Indeed,
they love to choose colours of their choice, rather than choice of
adult. This ability helps children build their self confidence
and self esteem.
Ability to Create
create new idea or new pictures suggest thinking out of the box.
Children love to create things and drawing usually is easily available.
Pencil and paper do not cost much, but yet, it can give children
eronmous space for creativity. Being creative is fun and highly
valuable asset for growing up because a person can think differently,
solve problem in many ways and generate ideas. A good leader needs to
be creative and others can rely on them when they cannot solve any
and Right Brain Co-ordination
ability to fold papers into different form such as airplane, crane,
boxes, animals, etc. suggest children is able to balance the logical
thinking and co-ordination of hands and mind. This ability is useful
for mathematical process of development without the stress of
to Create 3D
children draw on paper, it is two dimensional perspective. Hence, when
children can create realistic form of objects from a pack of white
clay, they have developed three dimensional sense of perspective. This
perspective is useful for children to develop the critical thinking by
exploring the space in many viewpoints.
Art helps to
build good characters
such as being patience, ability to focus, self confidence, open mind,
joyful, happiness, and the like. Indeed, art has been used as
and in therapy for mental health development, growth, and wellness. It
is a modality that helps individual to find creative inner self and a
between psychology and art. Children develop
abilities, values, and
characters as they get older. We can consider this as Child Development
There are a few common developing skills
physical movement with the use of muscles to sit, stand, walk,
run, jump, skip, etc. The skill of keeping balance and changing
Fine Motor Development:
physical movement with the use of hands to be able to eat, draw, dress,
play, write, and do many other things.
using body language and gestures, communicating, and understanding what
skills: including learning, understanding, problem-solving,
reasoning, and remembering.
with others, having relationships with family, friends, and teachers,
cooperating, and responding to the feelings of others.
you can see, art plays an important role in the child development, in
particular, art enhances fine motor skill development,
cognitive skills and the
subtle area for social skill. Indeed, there are more art helps to
develop a child holistically and balancing of their mind and body
many values and vast benefits of art that provide for a child
development. Some of this values that children can develop
art and creativity are virtues that are useful for them
their life. I will discuss a few here:
the art making process, patience is required from drawing to finishing.
Children learn that their
final artworks would be nicer if they spent time doing. In
addition, children develop patience in art activity because they will
need to stay in their seats, draw and complete with
colours all by themselves. This is a very valuable asset if a child has
patience to do things because they can achieve their goals and
objectives with this character.
trains the mind of good observation. During the process of art
observation skill of the children will gradually improved. Indeed,
drawing is a subject with detail will require the eye for
detail. It is
therefore another significant skill of a child with good observation.
is probably one of the most effective methods to nurture this level of
and Problem Solving Skill:
ability to solve problems is highly sought after and a quality that
good leaderships must possess. Children can learn how to solve problem
effectively and differently during the process of art making. Art
teaches children that there are many answers to a problem and there are
solutions to most problems. In addition, children can be more creative
when they engage themselves into art.
such as drawing helps children develop their focus and span of
To spend just an hour drawing is a enjoyable quiet activity
for children. Children's concetration will improve if they are given
and space to do art. regularly.
through Art - Concentration
there are many
other benefits for children growing up through art and creativity.
It is therefore necessary for children to engage art during
will probably gain more with active engagement into art appropriately
for creativity, expression, communication, social interaction and child
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