The value of art class goes far beyond helping children develop their skills with painting or sculpture. As kids learn to be artists, they are developing life skills that will help prepare them for their future — whether they become professional artists or not.
Here are 6 Life Skills that Kids Learn During Art Class:
1. How to Observe and Look Closer
2. How to Feel Empathy
3. Tell Stories
Just like in a story, art is more powerful when viewers feel they connect with the people and concepts within it. Young children are natural storytellers and art gives them a method of telling a story without using words. As students become older they can discover and grow art as a way to share their own story and develop their own lexicon that maybe only they understand completely, it can be liberating and exciting for a middle school student to feel like they have their own secret non-verbal language.
4. Solve Problems
By helping kids see connections between artists, we’re helping them to see art has evolved—I believe this can give courage to the young artists in appreciating their individuality and unique perspective.
5. See Connections
6. Trust in their Own Abilities
Art Class Helps Children Grow
When children get a chance to express their creativity and dive into art, they develop confidence, increase their empathy and discover how to look at the world from different perspectives. All those skills help prepare students to take on the world with passion and creativity.