the arts for children
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.
Participation in the arts has been proven to increase academic performance. Art helps children develop essential learning skills and out of the box thinking. Art helps children think for themselves, consider multiple viewpoints and explore a wider range of possibilities. And while all of those are reason enough to support art programs for kids, there are some unique and very significant reasons visual learners need art.
Instead of heading to your local retail store for holiday gifts, check out what the Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalog has to offer. They have a wonderful assortment of engaging activities designed to keep your child’s creative juices flowing. These gift ideas have our vote because they offer children ways to interact, create, make and do in ways that will provide hours of fun.