Of course, every subject area is important, but no program for young children could succeed without emphasizing art. Through making, looking at, and talking about their own artwork and the art of others, children are doing the following:
- Expressing their feelings and emotions in a safe way.
- Practicing and gaining fine muscle control and strengthening eye-hand motor coordination. By holding paintbrushes and learning how to control paint, crayons, scissors, and other art tools, children gain the skills necessary for later writing activities, as well as a feeling of control over themselves and their world.
- Being given the opportunity to make choices and solve problems (ex: What color should I use?). Making art offers children a multitude of choices and many decisions to make.
- All children experience a measure of success. Art can do wonders for their confidence!
- Content from every subject matter/theme/curriculum can find form through art.
- Children become aware of different sizes and shapes, and use every mathematical concept as they discuss their art and the art of others.
- Paint changes texture as it dries, powdered paint and chalk dissolve in water, chalk produces bubbles when dipped in water, paints change color when they are mixed together, and so on, and so on. Science is ever present as children produce art.
- Children learn to talk about their art and the art of others and develop new language skills.
- By sharing paints and paper, cooperating to create a group mural or other project, and assuming responsibility for cleaning up, children gain valuable social skills through making art.
Join us at Leesburg Open Arms on
Friday, May 16th, 5:30-8:30 pm
For our 1st ever Art Exhibition & Silent Auction