Most of us instinctively know that art is important for our children; we simply believe it's
important because we've seen our children deeply involved in art.
But beyond what we feel and believe,
there is much factual information about why art is important in our children's
development that is both interesting and helpful to know. Creating art expands a child's ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Not only does art help to develop the right side of the brain, it also cultivates important skills that benefit a child's development. But art goes far beyond the tangible statistics measured by studies -- it can become a pivotal mode of uninhibited self-expression and amazement for a child. Art matters the same way language matters -- or the way breathing matters! It is a fundamental component of what makes us uniquely human.
Ashley said, "Sometimes art is just fun with no purpose or reason, just creating, getting messy, and the joyful expression of being a KID
Marti said, "It seems art is the one area where kids and their creativity have free reign."