5 Benefits of Art for Children’s Growth and Parent-Child Relationship

5 Benefits of Art for Children’s Growth and Parent-Child Relationship

By ILK Post

   October 9, 2021


Under Hong Kong's education system, the school curriculum focuses on teaching "practical" knowledge. The art category includes music, visual arts, drama, photography, literature and dance, etc.,  are often treated as hobbies or extracurricular activities. However, art in fact has a significant impact on children's personal growth and the establishment of parent-child relationships. Let us go through them with you one-by-one!

  1. Art enhances children's social skills

    In the process of learning art, children need to use a series of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic signals to express their thoughts and opinions. This plays an important role in the formation of communication skills. For example, drawing requires the use of eyes, brain creativity and hand coordination to complete the procedures. Older children might even need to introduce their work verbally, which is a way of comprehensive communication training. Moreover, it is a tool to help children deal with emotions, making it easier for others to understand and talk to themselves. And some art education in the format of group, such as drama courses, choir training, etc., will directly let children learn to cooperate and communicate with others. These communicative skills will be used throughout the child's life. Related Drawing Courses: Swedish Visual Art Master Outdoor Sketching Class
  2. Music nurtures language skills

    In addition to increasing the fun of learning, the use of music or sound stimulation can boost the child's memory ability. Therefore, many textbooks in the market often include musical elements. Research from MIT has shown that children who receive music education have higher cognitive abilities in voice recognition than their peers. They are better at distinguishing different tones, especially consonants. Music education (especially piano lessons!) will improve children's speech processing ability and be more sensitive to different pitches. This ability is very important when it comes to reading comprehension. It has a significant impact on children distinguishing and memorizing phrases.
  3. Parent-child art time

    Through parent-child artistic activities, the parent-child relationship can be enhanced. Parents can learn to understand and get closer to children's hearts while creating artwork together. If the child is receiving art education such as music, art, etc., parents may wish to consider setting up parent-child art creation time regularly. You can let your child be a little teacher to share with you or teach you the knowledge they learned! This can not only create a unique and interesting memory between parents and children, but you can also secretly learning the children's learning achievements and pace. The fact that parents in turn become students can also bring an extraordinary sense of accomplishment to children and encourage them to continue working hard! Related Parent-child Art Courses: Pastel Nagomi Art Class Oil Pastel Workshop
  4. Art stimulates creativity and creative thinking

    Among the 5 most-mentioned education categories including morality, intelligence, physical education, social education and aesthetic education, aesthetic education or art education is the only education model that activates both the left and right brains at the same time. It is a comprehensive interdisciplinary education method. Harvard University professor David Perkins told us that art encourages children to constantly use their observational skills, analytical skills and imagination. Being accustomed to seeing things from different angles and cultivating creativity is of great benefit to children's future development in many fields. In recent years, creative thinking has been strongly promoted in the workplace. The key to creative thinking is to identify current problems and then come up with innovative solutions. The foundation of this thinking method is the creativity trained by art education.
  5. Art helps children to express emotions

    In the world of art, there is no right or wrong. Faced with emotional distress and pressure, art students do not need to suppress their turbulent inner emotions and needs but express their feelings through art. For younger children, their language skills are not yet complete. They need to express themselves in non-verbal ways. To add, art-making has a naturally soothing effect that allows children to relax tight nerves and muscles, a perfect way to release stress. All in all, art is a non-verbal way of expression. No matter if it is for the body or mind, it is especially suitable for helping children learn to process and soothe out some abstract and heavy emotions. They gradually become calm, with growth in spiritual and emotional health. Related Blog: Through Learning Arts to Develop Kid’s CQ & EQ

Conclusion

Art originates from life, and it is not a "hard" knowledge that is out of reach. At the same time, it also has a profound and valuable influence on children’s growth. Next time when you plan for your child’s future, why not consider making art a part of their lives? Wish to find out more parenting tips? Want your kids to acquire different skills and knowledge when staying at home? Check out ILK Learning’s Course Catalog to find THE course for your kids! Feel free to reach out for more information on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram! We look forward to seeing your messages!


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