Art teaches children to express themselves creatively, but it can also teach important social and emotional skills.
Art is best viewed as a process, rather than a quest to create a perfect finished product. A child does not have to create a masterpiece to benefit and learn valuable skills from art.
By participating in art, children learn to think creatively, experiment, and analyze the world around them. Kids ask themselves questions about how and why things work the way they do. They learn to take chances, learn from their mistakes, and persevere. Experimenting and figuring things out on their own promotes curiosity and builds confidence.
Kids who participate in art activities learn that they can influence the world around them. This gives them a sense of control over their environment.
Art helps children express feelings that they may not have the words to verbalize or may not be comfortable saying out loud. This is why many child psychologists encourage kids to use art to express their feelings.
Art can teach kids to interact respectfully with their peers. Children need to share paints and paper and take turns using scissors. This teaches them to cooperate and respect others.
Children who participate in art learn to appreciate the ideas and contributions of others. Kids learn that different people may approach a problem or task in different ways, and that there is often more than one “right” way to look at things. Art can promote self-esteem by allowing children to express their unique ideas and personalities in a safe, judgment-free way, and help them build the self-esteem of others. Kids can learn to praise each other’s efforts and accept praise from others.
Art can help children develop many important social and emotional skills, such as sharing, cooperation, self-confidence, and respecting the ideas and efforts of others. These skills will serve children well as they grow and mature into adults.