Art Experiences

Archive for February 2011

Art is a process. It is a way of looking at things and putting them together. Both children and adults learn best by doing. Choose any subject and think about how much you learn by reading about it. How much do you remember after listening to someone talk about it? Now think about how much more you understand through the experience of doing it yourself.

1. Creating art promotes innovation and originality. In today’s constantly changing technological world, creative thinking and innovation are needed to survive. Creative people are often the most successful business people.

2. Art is a safe outlet for self expression as there is no right and wrong in the creative process.

3. Practicing art teaches you to form mental images to solve problems and improves spatial reasoning skills. Consider the skills of a surgeon, architect and scientist. The ability to conceptualize solutions is an important skill in everyday life.

4. According to The College Board, children who create art score an average of 103 points higher on standardized tests. This may seem counterintuitive, but the reason is because they are so much more proficient at problem solving, complex reasoning, analytical and spatial skills.

5. Creating promotes careful observation and reflection and an eye for detail. Observation leads to curiosity and the pull to learn. Reflecting on what you have learned is especially important in careers involving writing and science.

6. Art creates a global attitude, an appreciation and understanding of the world. Becoming aware of diverse cultures and viewpoints is especially important in today’s connected world.

7. The creative process strengthens brainstorming and critical thinking skills. There is more than one solution to almost every problem. Art promotes the essential right brain skills of synthesis, evaluation and interpretation.

8. Creating gives us pride in our work and positive self esteem. Working on longer term projects involves practicing setting goals and instills the value of delayed gratification.

9. Creating art teaches you how to focus. In our world of multitasking, learning to slow down and focus on one activity is a valuable skill. There are many times in our lives when we need a laser-sharp focus.

10. Handling many types of art materials improves manual dexterity and fine motor skills. This is especially important in young children as good hand skills are essential for learning to write. Studies with adults have shown that moving your hands in a variety of directions helps counter age related pains and improves hand strength.

Experiencing art is for everyone. The enormous benefits are indisputable. You don’t have to be “good” at art in order to reap the benefits. You just have to try it and experience it. It’s the process, the doing, that is important, not the end result. Using your creative skills will truly enhance your life.


Hi! I'm Susan Stein and of my many passions in life,
two of my biggest are art and children. In the process of teaching children art, I also teach them problem solving, brainstorming, inventive thinking, originality, working with others, hand eye coordination, and so much more. It doesn't matter if you're good at drawing or not, everyone will benefit from experiencing art.

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