Why Art Is So Important To A Child's Mental Growth

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Researchers from the Michigan State University have found a very strong correlation between childhood engagement in the creative arts and measurable success later in life. Children who were exposed to a wide variety of arts and crafts were more likely to create unique inventions that is worthy of patents, come up with ideas good enough to start a new company, or publish provocative papers on science and technology. The researchers suggest that children exposed to arts and crafts are able to think “out of the box” since a lot of working with hands involve figuring out how to solve problems creatively. After studying many scientists Co-authors Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein reached this conclusion: “The most eminent and innovative among them are significantly more likely to engage in arts and crafts avocations” than the average Joe.


Arts education and appreciation were also found to have benefits on young people’s brains. In a study by researchers from University of Kansas, students who were selected to visit a museum shows stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.


Here are some of the advantages:


  • Your kid learns to think creatively, with an open mind.

  • Your kid learns to observe and describe, analyze and interpret.

  • Your kid learns to express feelings, with or without words.

  • Your kid practices problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, dance, music, theater and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts.

  • Your kid discovers that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of viewSchool can be fun – playing can be learning.

  • Your kid learns to collaborate with other children and with adults.

  • Arts introduce children to cultures from around the world.

  • Your kid can blossom and excel in the arts. 


Even with physical, emotional or learning challenges, can experience success in the arts.Arts build confidence.  Because there is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations. Arts build community.  Schools with a variety of differences can celebrate the arts as one community.


In the end an artistic mind learns to create solutions to problems by looking at the world from a different point of view. They learn to express their personal voice instead of relying on just the skill.


It is important to select an art centre that does not limit the creativity potential of students to reap the above benefits. Children learn more from problem solving than from instruction. It is crucial that an art centre provides a platform where children can engage in experimental art learning. There should also be a proper curriculum in place to ensure they receive consistent and quality art education while enjoying the process.


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