Most people think of drawing as a creative outlet. It’s an extra activity for the “creative types”. But that is not true. Drawing has very little to do with creativity. It is about seeing, thinking and sharing oneself. Drawing is a way to explore our thoughts, build our brain and understand the world more effectively.
There’s a lot of talent at Young Rembrandts and it’s flowing into the streets! Recently the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission sponsored a public art project inviting local artists to submit designs featuring images to raise awareness about storm water and the importance of storm drains. Bill Duca’s design was one of the designs selected, out of hundreds of submissions!
Here’s another shameless plug for kids taking an art class. Yes, it’s because I’m the founder Young Rembrandts, the coolest and only drawing program out there – but mostly because after years of research, I know how much doing art affects a child’s social-emotional well-being, while expanding brain function overall.
At Young Rembrandts we’ve been interviewing kids that have been drawing with us this past year. For some kids, drawing was a way to continue the classes they were used to at school. For others, it was a way to keep their minds off the stress they were feeling around them.
One big loss from last year was writing. The literal act of writing letters and numbers on paper. This is going to affect all our learners, but especially our kindergarteners and early primary grades. A solid foundation in the early years is essential to learning.
Let’s face it, we all could use a summer break from the past year or so. (It’s been challenging, to say the least!) Don’t worry! We’ve got five tips to help parents find the right activities for their children based on their unique interests, abilities and needs.