Why ART?

"Art promotes skills that are important in academic and life success." 
- Lisa Phillips

American museum director, curator, and author

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Creativity: Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others.  If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

Confidence and Pride: When your child puts their heart and soul into an art project—and spends hours working on it, cultivating it, and making it beautiful—they’ll feel an enormous sense of accomplishment when it’s complete.  

Problem Solving: Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems.  All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.

Perseverance: In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.  An art piece isn't necessarily conceived, executed and completed in a short amount of time, which leads students to understand the meaning and importance of perseverance.

Receiving Constructive Feedback: Receiving constructive feedback about a visual art piece is a regular part of art instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful as the goal is the improvement of skills.

Dedication: When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment.

Life Skills: Art helps children learn important real-world skills including critical and creative thinking, hand-eye coordination, and motor & social skills.

Academic Success: Self-esteem increases when a child feels confident in the classroom. Skills learned from studying the arts including concentration and dedication, positively affect classroom values and test scores. 

Credit: The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge, Lisa Phillips, and The Washington Post