How the Arts Benefit Our ChildrenMichelle Cannon
The arts are an important part of a child’s education. In addition to higher SAT scores, the arts provide practical skills children will need for the rest of their lives.
The Arts Empower Children to Communicate
Words are important, but not all things can be communicated through words.
Take a look at your home. Can we tell something about you from the way it’s decorated? What about your hairstyle, makeup, or clothing? Are they not expressions of yourself?
Have you ever been so upset, angry, or sad that you had no words to express yourself? Conversely, have you ever been that happy? Sometimes a person may have a complicated compilation of feelings, built over time.
Takeaway point: We all express ourselves differently. Allowing children to express themselves through music, drawing, sculpture, and other art forms allows them to communicate their thoughts and complex feelings.
The Arts Teach Acceptance
Through studying the arts, children explore different cultures and time periods. When they learn about the lives of individual artists and composers, they build a mental picture of that era from history. They learn about how an artist’s circumstances impacted his art. This increased understanding of the world builds stronger skills of understanding, sympathy, and empathy, leading to a greater ability to accept people for who they are.
Takeaway point: By allowing our children to study the arts, we are allowing them to strengthen their social skills.
The Arts Teach Flexibility in Thinking
In art, there is no one right answer. The ways we can combine musical notes to create a song is limitless. The color combinations for a painting are only limited by our own imaginations. If you can think it, you can express it.
Vincent van Gogh created paintings, using the most unrealistic colors imaginable. Monet used natural light in his outdoor paintings when everyone else painted indoors. Beethoven broke away from many of the rules of music, leading to the Romantic Period and paving the way for artists such as Franz List. Arnold Schoenberg threw tonality out the window completely.
Takeaway point: The arts teach our kids to be flexible thinkers. This skill is important not only for learning, but also for building strong business and social skills.
The Arts Teach Children to Search for Understanding
In art, there is always something new to be learned. One can never be finished learning all there is to know. When a child studies the arts, he realizes this simple truth. As homeschoolers our goal is to raise lifelong learners. When our children study art, they develop the understanding that learning never ends.
Takeaway point: Realizing we can’t know everything keeps us teachable, a skill needed for all aspects of our personal and business lives.
The arts are important in developing a well-rounded person. It provides children with skills they will use for the rest of their lives.