According to Kimberly Sheridan, Ed.D., coauthor of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education,"It's not as easy to test the skills that children learn from the arts, but that doesn't make them any less important”.
Here's what she believes participating in an arts program increases a child’s ability to do:
- Observe the world carefully and discard preconceptions in order to envision something and then create it
- Go beyond just learning a skill to express a personal voice
- Problem-solve and persist despite frustration and setbacks
- Reflect on the results and ask what could improve them
I do hope you have planned to provide opprotunities for your child to explore art in the coming year. Remember, the benefits are more far-reaching than you can imagine.