Children have the ability to learn new things, absorb information, and develop talents from a very young age. In fact, some claim that young children are more capable learners than most adults. This is because their minds are open to everything and haven’t been muddied up with adult biases and preconceived notions of what “should be.” In part, this is why art classes for children are so effective, starting from the elementary school years.
Art classes help children to learn to interact with people. They will develop and perfect such skills as being patient, sticking with a problem until it’s solved, and how to accept coaching from adults and their peers.
Through repetition, these personal skills become habits that will guide them into a lifetime of good habits. When they grow up, these children become responsible adults who are successful in relationships, education, and career.
I bet you didn’t know that art classes could do all that! Read on to see what I mean.
5 Things That Children Learn from Taking Art Classes
To Be an Independent Thinker
You may not realize this, but art take careful thought and planning. A child who attends art classes often spends many hours planning how to approach her work, executing that plan, and even begins to interpret outcomes and correct mistakes before they happen. The thought process involved in art helps children to become independent thinkers.
How to Get Along with Other Students
When considering art classes, find instruction in a group setting. This gives your child the chance to work independently yet alongside other young artists. As a result, they form a collaborative environment. They give each other opinions and seek guidance. Older students arise as leaders and younger students accept their advice. It’s certainly a skill that they will use throughout their life.
Acceptance of Coaching
Student athletes aren’t the only children who learn from coaches. Think of your child’s art teacher, and her peers in the atelier, as her own private coaches. They will give honest feedback, opinions on improvements that can be made, and also support to keep her motivated to finish her work. It’s a skill that will serve her in her entire life.
Sticking with a Problem Until It’s Solved
The process of creating art is fun. However, it can be frustrating and maddening at times. Like every new skill, the time will come when your child makes a mistake or two. The drive for perfection is a hallmark of a great artist, after all.
However, your child will learn to deal with the problem by finding what caused her mistake and formulate a way to fix the mistake. As her artistry grows, she will learn to avoid that very same mistake on future projects and become more adept at her craft.
True artists learn to be patient. Every painting has its time that it’s deemed “done” by the artist. Until it is ready, the artist will work away at it diligently to make it just the way that they want it. Learning to take a project slowly and get it right is a great attribute to possess.
Children who enroll in art classes learn more than just art in the studio. Yes, learning art is a wonderful skill! Beyond that, however, and the life lessons that child artists will carry with them for life. Skills like patience and persistence and collaboration will stick with them for life.
Author Bio: Amanda Lee Jones owns and operates the Amanda Lee Jones Art Studio in Austin, TX. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Texas State University. She has studied under some of the finest artists in Texas and loves sharing art with her students.