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Why is Art So Important for your Kids‘ Development?

Why is Art So Important for your Kids' Development?

First of all, art is an easy way to get your kids busy. As we all know, children love to create and imagine new things. It is also a way for them to learn more about their environment and themselves, their capabilities, what they can do. Give your children the opportunity to sit and create, and you’ll be surprised by the number of things they will be able to create and with what. From pencils, paper, crayons, twigs, mud, rocks, beautiful and amazing things will be given birth to.

Art is therefore closely related to many things that we want for our kids and demand from any education organization: social and emotional development, civic engagement and academic achievement. Arts education can solve many problems and help our kids learning the basics that are of major importance for a balanced social, cultural and intellectual life.

What Can Teachers Learn from Thinking like an Artist?

For many of us who don’t consider ourselves artists, being asked to draw on the spot can be a scary proposition. And what if you were then told you’d be doing it in front of a successful working artist? This June, teachers participating in SAAM’s four-day summer institute, entitled Art, Inquiry, and Action, were asked to do just that in a hands-on workshop led by artist Manuel Acevedo. And what they took from it was both surprising and intriguing.

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