art education expert
After-school programming is essential for the survival of our current, innovative, technology driven society. We need to encourage those out of the box thinkers in our schools to continue to develop those skills and help our linear process thinkers embrace their creative sides.
I am so excited to be speaking at the Wisconsin Afterschool Association’s Annual conference this weekend. I will be doing three sessions related to the importance of afterschool programming and how we can use it to give creative outlets to our right-brain thinkers as well as expand the skill sets of left-brain thinkers in order to boost academic performance for all students.
We have been busy this month addressing many things such as how to Get Your Child to Be a Math Whiz and How Doing Nothing at Home Prepares Your Child for Testing. We’ve made a list of creative activities for kids and found 10 Great Math Apps for your elementary student. If you missed something feel free to check it out now.
All kids have a desire to express themselves and are drawn to make, see and do. But they need information, training and systematic skill development to gain competency. They need art class. In every other kind of art, such as music, dance and theater, there is a predetermined, systematic method of training. It is expected that with practice and repetition students will gain a level of mastery that leads to freedom of expression and creativity.
In episode 16 of Living Life as a Visual Thinker, I discuss why visual learners need to be allowed to draw and doodle. For visual thinkers, drawing is like handwriting is for auditory learners. It is extremely important for them to feel comfortable with a way to express themselves.
Do you have a child that has a lot of test anxiety? Could you use a little help improving your child’s handwriting? Have you ever wondered what goes on in your brain when you are experiencing art or music? Are you looking for a way to give your visual thinker a creative outlet?