Art promotes creativity
Creativity is the ability to think outside the proverbial box, to string two unrelated ideas together in a new way. Solutions to major troubles and breakthroughs of all kinds are linked to creativity. The ability to be creative is vital to the success of our children and the well-being of our world, now more than ever, as we face incredible challenges such as racial discord, wars, global warming, and mass extinctions. Individuals, organizations, and governments seek innovative solutions every day through creative art in Singapore.
Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, creating music, the theater. Unfortunately, when schools reduce on budgets, the arts are usually the first to go. It seems that schools do not appreciate the significance of art in building a kid’s brain.
Physiologically, the human brain consists of two components, the left, and the right brain. The left brain is used in logical thinking and analytical processes. This is generally what is trained in class work that consists of math, reading, and science. The right brain is employed in emotional perception, intuition, and creativeness. It is the right brain that is primarily used when someone is involved in creative endeavors like making art. Typical school atmosphere neglects to train the right brain.
It is shown that when talented kids solve issues in their areas of giftedness, there is increased electrical activity in both hemispheres. It seems that for the brain to be efficient, the 2 hemispheres of the brains should work together. By stimulating and exercising the right hemisphere of the brain, the arts strengthen the connection between the hemispheres. Children should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature in order that their right brain will be as developed as the left, and both hemispheres work in tandem bicycle, thus achieving the complete potential of the mind.
Aside from the physiological effects, we also list other benefits of exposing children to art:
- Our child learns to think creatively, with an open mind
- Our child learns to observe and describe, analyze and interpret
- Our child learns to express feelings, with or without words.
- Our child practices problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, dance, music, theater and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts
- Our child discovers that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of view
- School will be fun – playing will be learning
- Our child learns to collaborate with other kids and with adults
- Arts introduce kids to cultures from around the world
- Our child can blossom and excel within the arts. Even with physical, emotional or learning challenges can experience success within the arts.
- Arts build confidence. Because there is not just one right way to make art, each kid can feel pride in his or her original inventive creations.
- Arts build community. Schools with a range of differences can celebrate the arts as one community. To read more about Singapore painting class click here.