THE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF OUR PROCESS:
Kidnique is not just about creating pretty art pieces from trendy designs. We’ve put a lot of thought and research into our business, building its core around the collaborative creative processes between parents and children, and the educational benefits of doing art with kids.
Kidnique is designed to help you put some structure and planning into the artwork while offering your little artists open-ended exploration during their creation process. It starts to lay a foundation for a basic understanding of art materials and artistic techniques, enhancing kids’ learning process and impacting their retention.
Read on to find out more about the educational benefits of doing art with your little people...
The benefits of art and painting:
The arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The Arts offer opportunities for children to engage in experiences that are holistic - with the learning being simultaneously cognitive, affective and sensory/ kinaesthetic. They draw upon our imaginations, enhance our capacity for empathy and build our creative skills.
SIX MODES OF VISUAL LEARNING:
- Exploring - exploring the use of pictures to identify and differentiate properties and their relationships. The similarities, differences, longer, shorter, tall, short, big, small, same, different, discriminate between letter and number shapes b, d, 2, 5.
- Recording - recording ideas, events, feelings or story telling through art.
- Expressing - expressing feelings and emotions through art. The ability to identify emotions and to display different emotions in a variety of forms.
- Motivating - celebrating your child’s accomplishments (this could relate to display).
- Communicating - giving children a voice through art. They are communicating their ideas and feelings creatively.
- Imagining and creating - creating images in a variety of mediums.
The six visual modes of learning were developed by the Polaroid Education Program.
THROUGH PAINTING CHILDREN ARE:
- Building a confident self-identity.
- Engaging in ways to be imaginative and creative.
- Developing a sense of wonder, imagination and creativity.
- Learning ways to creatively represent ideas, feelings and experiences.
The importance of exposing kids to art early in life is often undervalued. But giving young children an appreciation for art encourages exploration, self-expression, logical thinking, self-esteem, imagination, and creativity. Early art experiences also teach kids to think openly, create new meaning, be more tolerant of others’ differences, and gives them the courage to take risks.
The arts in-still pride. When your child puts his heart and soul into an art project - and spends hours working on it, cultivating it, and making it beautiful - he’ll feel an enormous sense of accomplishment when it’s complete. “The arts are a great leveler, as we are all in the same boat, learning to create and succeed in new and unexpected ways,” says Dory Kanter, an educational consultant and arts/literacy curriculum writer and teaching trainer. “Children not only become appreciators of each other’s work, but also develop skills of self-reflection in the effort to bring their personal vision to fruition.”
The arts help your child develop real-life skills. Depending on the specific arts activity your child chooses to become involved in - whether it’s music, drawing, acting, or dance - he’s sure to learn important real-world skills including critical and creative thinking, hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and social skills like taking turns, sharing, and negotiating.
Researchers from the Michigan State University have found a very strong correlation between childhood engagement in the creative arts and measurable success later in life. Children who were exposed to a wide variety of arts and crafts were more likely to create unique inventions that is worthy of patents, come up with ideas good enough to start a new company, or publish provocative papers on science and technology. The researchers suggest that children exposed to arts and crafts are able to think “out of the box” since a lot of working with hands involve figuring out how to solve problems creatively. After studying many scientists Co-authors Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein reached this conclusion: “The most eminent and innovative among them are significantly more likely to engage in arts and crafts avocations” than the average Joe.
Arts education and appreciation were also found to have benefits on young people’s brains. In a study by researchers from University of Kansas, students who were selected to visit a museum shows stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.
Role of adults in children’s creativity: The attitudes and actions of parents shape and influence a child’s environment, and can either support or thwart their creativity. The role of an “interlocutor” is important, where an adult takes time to play and converse with a child, following the child’s imagination on a journey of discovery and meaning making. Play is important in developing parent-child bonding, and this can be stimulated by using creative arts activities.
Make art together - at home and in the classroom. Sit down with your child and create something together. “It’s very encouraging for children to know that their parents are willing to participate in activities with them,” says Adrianne Russell, a Kansas City, Missouri-based arts consultant, “especially if it’s something the adults have never done before or have little experience with.” Painting, drawing or sculpting force us to stop multitasking and focus on the project at hand, as well as the person we’re doing it with.
Simple Ways That Art Can Bring Parents and Children Closer Together:
Talk with kids about their creations. The key is to describe what you see in their work and ask open-ended questions, instead of asking if their scribbles are a bird or a tree. “This tells the child that you are looking carefully and are interested in their ideas, developing their feelings of competence and confidence,” says Molly H. Campbell, Programs and Operations Manager of the San Francisco Children’s Art Center.
Displaying your child's work shows them their creative efforts are valued, it builds their confidence and, quite simply, can be an expression of your love for them. Children experience pride, joy, and satisfaction when they see their work displayed. Children’s art displays can be a meaningful experience, aiding development and aesthetic values. It supports development of a positive self-esteem and confers ownership. A display allows children to contemplate their own artwork and that created by others.
Art enhances visual learning through drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string; all these activities develop visual-spatial skills, which are very important to the development of a student with intellectual disabilities. Before students can read, they are taking in visual information that they get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television and ART! Creative art activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of students as they grow up.
Even before a toddler can read, they already know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means kids are first taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books or television. Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than they did in the past and they need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Thus art education teaches children how to interpret, criticise and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.