March, like February, is full of reasons to celebrate. It’s National Women’s History Month. Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated on March 17th. The first day of spring is on March 21st. Many kids have a week off school for spring break. I have found you plenty of things to help you celebrate.
Not all children learn the same way. Our left-brain dominant kids are comfortable in the world of language. Our right-brain dominant kids thrive in the world of images. For these students, no seeing means no thinking. No thinking means no learning. Visual art training helps them develop the visual skills that are essential to their learning.
Parents of small children are no strangers to the mountains of paperwork that come through the door when our children start school. While we love to see so much artwork being made and the artistic process being enjoyed, how can we possibly keep it all organized?
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!
Life is busy, messy, intense and stress happens. So, it’s good to get a plan for staying calm and carrying on. But our kids feel plenty of stress too, and they need to know how to calm themselves when their mind starts racing, or they’re feeling anxious thoughts.