Laura Tobi

Ceramic Sculpture and other art forms

Benefits Children Get From Participating in Art Activities

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This week, once again, I encountered a parent whose child loves art, but because the child is a boy the parent does not believe art is an activity he should be engaged in. I find the same problem over and over again. The child loves the art activities, but the parent thinks his son should be focused on sports. The same is true of parents that won’t encourage their kids, girls or boys, to participate in art activities because their children aren’t “artistic” enough or “talented” enough.
In countless opportunities I have tried to find the right words to express what I think are the benefits children derive from participating in art activities. I found the following very clear explanation in the web site of The Art Institute of Chicago during the summer. Here is what they said:

“…We believe nurturing creative potential stands at the center of preparing children for life. Whether a child develops into an artist or scientist, encouraging the creative process is very important in their early educational years. In our workshops children learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways as we help them on a path to becoming the creators, innovators, and problem solvers of the future…

… we motivate children to use their creativity by engaging in unique and inventive art making and problem solving projects. We guide them to discover that solutions are not right or wrong but rather their own…”

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  • Do you encourage your children to participate in art activities?
  • What kind of activities are they?

Laura

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Posted in The Creative Process in Children 7 years, 9 months ago at 12:07.

One Reply

  1. veronica Nov 16th 2009

    Hola Gabriel te felicto cada vez que miro tus diferente artes puedo notar como vas desarrollando diferentes tecnicas. ya miro que sos tan inteligente como tu via veronika. besos mi Gabriel


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