Art and Education Correlation

The word art evokes messy desk pictures, spilled paint, and funny pictures. Maybe all that, but even that is very educational and should be highly appreciated. This is the reason:

Art influences language development. Young children first find shapes and colors. By learning how to name them, they develop their first basic language skills. But that’s not all. Older children are able to describe their images and to share the feelings that the image carries. This makes them use the language, which then turns him into an eloquent human figure.

Art impacts motor skills. Holding paint brushes, crayons or scissors at a young age, children improve their fine motor skills to give better results while learning how to write later.

Art influences children’s social and emotional development. Drawing, painting, making sculptures, acting, singing – any of these give a chance to a child to make his or her own personal statement, which is unique. This way children’s self-esteem is being built and made stronger, thus making them emotionally secure and freer in social interactions.

Art influences decision making. Knowledge is limited, whereas imagination isn’t, thus it provides us with innumerable solutions to problems. Since art requires being creative, it demands employing imagination more often. The more it is employed, the greater number of solutions appear to us, which is a skill very useful for managing life, in general. Creativity develops by working on it, and can be applied to all spheres of life, not only education.

Art helps one develop as a person with great empathy. Since art is food for the soul, it provides one with all the feelings, emotions and ideas that someone else expressed through a work of art. It helps you recognize some of your own feelings and attitudes, thus helping you reconnect with yourself and other human beings. By getting reminded that other people go through a lot of similar situations as you do, you learn how to sympathize and empathize, which makes you a better teammate, or even a better leader, be it in school or in life.

Art teaches history. By being able to look at different pieces of art, coming from diverse periods in the past, and by being able to compare and contrast them, we learn about the past, as well as the present. As a matter of fact, we can even foresee the future through art.

Art transcends cultural differences and shows what’s uniquely human. Even though you might be aware of cultural differences, through art you will learn how to put them aside, or maybe even ignore them. Through art you will learn how to appreciate, celebrate and remember the beauty of the diversity of expression.

 Art helps to increase creativity. The work of art requires a process of thinking and decision making, which also gives effect to a group of people who do not blindly follow the direction of others. Quite the contrary: people who seek and create their own ways and ways are created in this way. They themselves learn how to achieve solutions and make improvements.