Key Benefits for Your Little Artist
Viewing and interpreting the works of diverse artists from a variety of cultures and times in history offers food for a child’s imagination and a new lens from which to view the world. By connecting with these works, children get to develop their own individual sense of artistic style in relation to the broader artistic community. It is clear that artistic self expression in the visual arts develops a child’s sense of creative pride and, in some cases, an outlet for the broad range of ideas, imaginings and emotions they may not as yet be able to communicate verbally. By encouraging a child to take time to work on an artistic piece or project over time or within a specified time frame promotes an expansion of a child’s level of patience as well as perseverance towards a specific goal. Moreover, the very act of working with different media and techniques, allows children to advance their fine motor skills.
Key Benefit for Caregivers
The electronic realm makes available to us many opportunities to view the greatest works of art in the world. Introducing children to these artists is extremely gratifying and has the effect of renewing a caregivers’ own sense of cultural connectedness and intellectual development. By taking part in artistic creation alongside or with the child, adults find themselves tapping into creative expression that may have been dormant for some time.