How the Arts Can Help Your Child Grow

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It is never too early to introduce your child to the arts and so easy to incorporate creative activities into their everyday life. With countless studies proving that simply picking up a crayon or paintbrush can aid in your child’s healthy development, it is no wonder why parents are beginning to encourage artistic ventures with just as much vigor and enthusiasm as standard academics. According to these studies, it is recommended that children should engage in the arts while their cognitive skills are developing. During this time, the left and right hemispheres of the brain are still growing. The left side of the brain controls logical thinking, dealing with analytical processes such as math, reading and science, while the right side of the brain controls emotional perception and creativity. It is important that both sides of the brain develop equally during this time in order to reach a healthy balance in which both regions can work together simultaneously.

According to the New York Center for Arts Education, integrating artistic activities into your child’s life can have many positive effects that can last an entire lifetime. Listed below are just some of the benefits of introducing your child to the arts at an early age. While you may have been aware of some of these positive effects, others will truly surprise you! Read on to find out how the arts can impact your child’s life in an amazing way!

1. Strengthened motor skills: As your child holds a paintbrush or pencil in their hand, they are actually improving their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which can be incredibly useful later in life.

2. Language development and visual learning: Drawing or painting with your child will spark opportunities for them to learn new words for colors and objects and correctly associate each word with an image. By doing so, your child will be able to recall what they’ve learned with greater ease and use this new information properly in everyday life.

3. Improved confidence and self-esteem: Creating something yourself or expressing yourself artistically can spark feelings of accomplishment and pride – personal characteristics that are incredibly important. Let your child create whatever they imagine and acknowledge their efforts. Feeling good about yourself – even at a young age – can go a long way.

4. Strong sense of dedication, focus, and improved decision-making skills: Bringing their ideas to live in a fun and creative manner can help your child learn to follow through on personal projects, make their own choices and stay on task.

5. Healthy expression of emotion, strong sense of creativity and inventiveness: You may have guessed that engaging in the arts can enable your child to become more creative and inventive, but did you know that exercising the right side of the brain through artistic activities can help your little one to learn to understand and express their emotions positively? Strong emotional intelligence is an excellent quality to have, playing an important role in leading a balanced, happy life and forming positive relationships with others.

6. Teamwork, collaboration, and sense of community: Working together with friends and family will teach your child how to interact with others in order to achieve a common goal. Participating in local art programs can demonstrate the importance of community and togetherness. In addition, fun, creative group activities can be an incredible bonding experience for you and your child.

7. Increased academic performance: Children who frequently participate in the arts throughout their lives tend to do better in school and are proven to score up to three times higher on standardized tests such as the SATs. In addition, they are more likely to have higher scores in attendance, participate in community service and after-school programs and receive awards for their achievements.

8. Cultural awareness and open-mindedness: Acknowledgment of the different ideas, emotions and viewpoints of others can be learned through artistic collaboration and art education, which can help shape an open mind.

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Now that you are more familiar with all the fantastic things the arts can do for your child, you may be asking yourself how and when you can begin. The answer to that question is easily and right now! There are many ways to introduce fun, artistic and rewarding activities into your child’s life and your family’s schedule. Remember that the arts include painting, drawing, music, theater, sculpture, writing, dancing, photography – there is something for everyone to enjoy! Here are some simple tips on how to get started:

Always have arts and crafts supplies available to your child. Celebrate your child’s artwork and display it around the home. Put together a designated ‘art studio’ or creative space for your child. Read aloud to your child – be dramatic, energetic and act out the plot together. Play all different types of music for your child and expand their knowledge of different cultures. Make a scrapbook together. Book a professional family photo shoot and turn the family into a work of art!

 

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Why Collect Art?

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Buying or collecting works of art is about much more than purchasing things we find to be aesthetically pleasing from time to time. It’s about actively supporting the arts and playing an important part in the art world. It’s about acquiring a uniquely personal collection of works that reflects one’s own perspectives, ideas, interests or desires and the thrill of the hunt that comes with it. By purchasing a work of art, you are supporting the artist in their creative efforts and acknowledging the time, skill and thought that went into completing the piece. By collecting artwork, you are helping the artist to spread their influence and, in return, are able to own a special piece of art history, safely preserving it from the damaging effects of time. You are also helping to support galleries, which work with artists to help them display their works for the public to observe and enjoy.

There are quite a few additional benefits that come with collecting artwork. For one, you get to own a beautiful collection of meaningful works. Buying artwork is also a wonderful investment since original pieces that are kept in good condition have the potential to grow in value exponentially. Who knows which new artist will become the next Jeff Koons, Chuck Close or Jasper Johns? As a collector, you are playing a part in the history of art. Without the patronage of collectors, the art world could not exist. Think of what the history of art would be like without those who collected and preserved the works of Picasso, van Gogh or Pollack? By supporting artists whose work you cherish, you are taking on a very important role. You are also creating something yourself – personal collections of works of art can begin to tell the unique story of the collector’s ever-evolving tastes and mirror aspects of their lives, personal experiences, and innermost dreams. These distinctive and customized collections can add visual interest and character to the interior of the home. They can also be passed down for generations, serving as part of one’s legacy, forever telling the story of one’s passion and dedication towards the arts. Are you interested in collecting artwork and beginning your own personal collection of pieces?

It begins with browsing galleries and brushing up on your knowledge of art. You can choose to concentrate on a particular artist, style or period, as many collectors do, or you can simply search for pieces that spark something inside you. Finding works that represent your own ideas or perspectives on the world can be viewed as a treasure hunt, an opportunity for growth and an enjoyable challenge! Collecting artwork is – above all things – a passion, a mission, and an adventure!

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