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2 Key Skills Your Child Can Learn Through Art

The growing years of a child are crucial to their future development. In Singapore, there is a strong emphasis placed on education. All books and no play will stifle a child’s creativity, this is especially true as they grow up into an adult. Childhood only comes once and it is important to treasure this short amount of time to give them something memorable to look back on as an adult.

Creative art programs help to grow a child cognitively, emotionally and socially. When children are free to express their perspective openly on a blank sheet of paper, they allow their imagination to run and a new world comes alive. Your child will be exposed to different textures, materials and consistencies during children’s art classes.

What is the purpose of art classes for kids?

Art aims to provide kids with a form of individual expression. The art classes place an emphasis on the process over the end product. Art Pazionate believes in the beauty of living in the moment, in enjoying the experience. It is important for the kids to create beautiful and fun memories with their fellow classmates as they explore the different aspects of art.

Also, kids have a natural curiosity for everything and possess the urge to touch and feel things that are new to them. Through the art classes, kids can have different hands-on experiences such as holding a pencil to draw outlines and shade, touching wet paint and feeling the contrast between fresh, sticky glue and the matte finish of dried glue.

Below are two key skills that children can learn through art.

1. CREATIVITY

Creativity cannot be taught, it can only be induced. Children are naturally creative, but when they blossom into young adults, they gradually lose their creativity due to their surrounding environment.

It is commonplace for mainstream schools to box up the options available to students. “There is only one right answer and the rest are wrong” – a prevalent mindset imprinted on impressionable youths. Undoubtedly, this is fair practice when it comes to examinations.

However, this academic excellence does not directly translate into good work performance once the children of yesterday, enter the workforce as adults today. Many on-the-job processes are not rigidly framed, unlike their academic counterparts. More often than not, the workplace demands results and the road to achieving that result is determined by the individual in charge of the task.

However, the ability to think out-of-the-box is overlooked in schools. It takes an abstract mind to look beyond the surface and come up with innovative ideas that bring about change and growth. A creative outlook might also be the key to new business ideas and the crux to securing the next big contract or appointment.

Art classes allow children to develop that soft skill – creativity. Children who partake in art activities in their younger days have the chance to hone and strengthen their competence in abstract evaluation and innovation. As art is a free-flowing expression, there is no right or wrong to any art piece since beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Children can learn to bring their imagination to life in art classes. Through this, it will help them bring out their creativity and take a breather from the heavy demands of schoolwork. By attending art classes, it is also a form of relaxation and playtime for your child, preventing burn-out.

2. CONFIDENCE

As mentioned above, art has no boundaries and the artist is free to express their thoughts and ideas. When there is no defined right or wrong answer, it takes the stress away from the end result. The teachers at Art Pazionate will guide your child every step of the way. Children are not pressured into drawing the “perfect” portrait or animal at the end of each lesson. In fact, they can take their time to draw or paint their imaginary pet or monster with as much detail as they like.

This freedom allows children to pursue their interests from a young age. They do not have to conform to a fixed set of rules. When there are no grading criteria set in stone, children will not be “penalized”, this helps the budding artist to build confidence in his work and view his artwork with pride.

During the art classes, the teachers will slowly incorporate advanced drawing methods into the art program. This blend of freedom with the right mentorship will allow your child to draw better as the art lessons progress.

When a child has self-confidence, he or she will not be as easily affected by naysayers or negative influence that might come their way in their development process. It is important for children to find and cultivate an interest from young so they can grow holistically.

Art is a form of self-expression. Finding the right avenue to express themselves from a young age is crucial to keeping kids grounded. Art lessons help to lay the foundation to a happy childhood where creativity flourishes and confidence is instilled. Enroll your child with Art Pazionate today!

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