01 Jul, 2016
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In this edition of Teacher Talks Articles, we talk with Primary and Lower Secondary Art Specialist, Johan Swart about the benefits studying and creating art has on the development on young minds and advice and project ideas for parents wanting to help promote their child’s interest in art.
Art and Brain Development
For the brain to be efficient, the two hemispheres of the brains must work together. By stimulating and exercising the right hemisphere of the brain, art strengthens the connection between both hemispheres. Children should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature so that their right brain will be as developed as the left, and both hemispheres work in tandem, thus helping unlock the full potential of a child’s mind.
How does the art promote cognitive and social growth?
Through the study and practice of art numerous benefits can be found, including but not limited to:
Art and its Effect on Academic Performance
Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other scholastic achievement. A report by “Americans for the Arts” states that young people who participate regularly in the arts 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 compared to children who do not study art.
Projects to Do at Home
At YCIS we have qualified art specialist teachers. We try and provide creative materials for the students because they thrive when they create, experiment and discover things they enjoy. For Parents, Exploring and creating art together with your children at home is a great way to bond and help your child grow into a fully rounded individual. But remember, it’s the process of creating art that young children learn from, not the end product. No matter how tempting, never criticize or judge your child’s artwork. Enjoy the journey, and be proud of the destination you have reached together. Projects families could do together could be:
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