Important Skills Your Child Can Learn in Art Classes and Programs

 

Kids can learn just as many important life skills from art classes as they can from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses. The arts are important to study for their individual value alone, but they also promote skills and values that will stick with your children long after they have left school.

Here are just a few of the most important skills your child can learn in art classes and programs.

  • Creativity: The ability to think “outside of the box” and come up with creative solutions to problems is an extremely important trait in school and in “the real world.” Art gives children a built-in outlet that will allow them to practice thinking creatively.

  • Perseverance: Not often does a person pick up a new hobby or take on a new job and excel immediately. Art teaches children how to persevere and continue to acquire and hone their skills over a longer period of time. Establishing the importance of perseverance early on will help them succeed later in life, as an increasingly competitive job market will favor those who are able to overcome challenges and stay focused on what they need to do to find success.

  • Focus: Research has demonstrated that participation in art helps children better learn to focus and concentrate, which is a skill that will translate to other areas of their schooling and their personal lives. This makes art especially important for children who often have difficulty staying focused on a single task.

  • Collaboration: Art programs often have group projects that help children learn to come together and work alongside each other to achieve a single common goal or end result. Children who learn to play together and create together will thrive in both educational and social environments.

  • Confidence: Any time you create a piece of art, you step out of your comfort zone and potentially open yourself up to criticism. This can be intimidating for people of all ages, but children who begin creating art from a young age will be much more confident in their creations and will be much more capable of handling any criticism they might receive for their work later in their lives.

  • Communication: There are methods of communication beyond writing and speaking. Art is an outstanding way for children to improve their nonverbal communication skills. They can learn how to portray certain moods or messages through their art, and become better overall communicators as a result.

These are just a few examples of some of the important skills that children stand to learn from their involvement in art. Contact Tranquila Arts today to learn more about how our programs benefit kids from early childhood to adolescence.

Joshua Chernikoff