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What do kids learn from art? More than you might think! At a time when funding for arts education is being cut in favor of math and language arts, it’s important to realize all that the arts can do for our children.

Art builds the imagination, fosters creativity and problem solving, and develops fine motor skills.Art can teach kids many important lessons:

– Develop eye-hand coordination (which also helps with writing and literacy)
– Observe the world around them, and learn to trust their own eyes rather than what they think they “should” see or know
– Make comparisons and make choices, distinguish between what’s important and what isn’t
– Improve by practicing, and take pride in their artistic growth and development
– Develop an understanding of what goes into making a work of art-helping them appreciate the work of other artists

But did you know that art also helps to develop language skills for reading and writing and the cognitive skills needed for math? Participating in the arts helps children learn to focus, to listen, and to be tolerant of new ideas and different people. The arts also help kids learn the value of doing a good job for its own sake, of taking pride in their work, and of setting goals for themselves and reaching those goals.

According to Americans for the Arts, children who regularly take art classes are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. They also point out that art classes help kids stay out of trouble and away from destructive influences.

Drawing and painting are excellent and enjoyable ways for kids of all ages to become involved in art. Many kids (and grownups, too) think they “can’t draw” because their drawings don’t look exactly like real things. They think this means they don’t have any talent, and perhaps shouldn’t bother to try. But the great thing about drawing is that it’s a skill. Anyone can learn to draw and anyone can get better at it. Painting adds the element of color and stretches kids’ imaginations and opportunities for exploration, experiment and creativity. Art helps children become creative adults with good problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Art can be a source of enjoyment and accomplishment that will last their entire lives.

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1) Give each child in your class a copy of the storyboard sheet found here.

2) Ask them to make up a story about anything that they want.

3) Ask them to draw the events of the story in the larger boxes in the sheet. The smaller boxes are for text, but they should not fill these in at the moment.

4) When the children have finished their drawings, collect in the storyboards, mix them up, and give them back (but not to the correct children). Now, each child should be looking at a storyboard which is not their own.

5) They should now look carefully at the pictures, and make up some text to go with them.

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Wel­come! I’m Cheryl, and I’m a big fan of kids’ art­work! I’ve been teach­ing Art to kids for over 20 years. Noth­ing is more inspir­ing than watch­ing kids of all ages dis­cover their abil­ity to be creative!

There’s some­thing spe­cial about the per­son­al­ity, charm, char­ac­ter, and spon­tane­ity found in the art kids cre­ate. Hid­den inside this cre­ative process are incred­i­ble ben­e­fits… Art gives kids the free­dom to make choices where there isn’t only one “right” answer, encour­ag­ing crit­i­cal think­ing and self-expression. Plus, it devel­ops skills of analy­sis, prob­lem solv­ing, inven­tion, and reflec­tion… the same thought processes used by today’s great thinkers, inven­tors, and lead­ers. And, kids love it!! [Read more]

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Think back to when you were in elementary school. In between doing all the dittos and spelling tests and times tables, there were specials (and aptly named, too). Nothing was quite as exciting as the gleeful anticipation of putting on your smock for art class or pulling out the wooden recorders for music. And when it was time for the class play, just forget it. Whether you starred as Snow White or donned a furry costume as Woodland Creature #7, school couldn’t get much better. And that was the whole point.

These days, however, not only are many kids lucky if they have art-on-a-cart, but when they do, proponents often have to justify the programs in relation to students’ performance on standardized reading and math tests. Because in the age of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), few things matter more than test scores (read our report on NCLB at Well, the bad news first: Although kids who are involved in the arts do tend to test better, there’s no direct cause-and-effect evidence that participation actually helps raise scores.

This sounds like awful news and justification to slash school arts programs even further, right? But “dismissing the arts if they don’t directly boost scores is a big mistake,” says Richard Kessler, executive director of the Center for Arts Education in New York City. “In fact, plenty of research shows that children who spend time in school doing visual art, performing music or dance, or even acting in a play gain a whole set of creative and analytical skills that are quickly disappearing from the rest of the curriculum.”

That’s because in the majority of public schools, the emphasis is on test prep, which means lots of memorization, rote learning, and following directions. In fact, many have more than doubled instructional time in math and English language arts (ELA) since NCLB was enacted in 2002. More math and reading instruction might sound like a good thing — that is, until you realize what’s being eliminated to make room for it. Those same schools have cut arts education by an average of 35 percent. Ideally, children should have an hour of each arts discipline once a week. But few schools make the grade. Twelve percent of school districts don’t offer any arts instruction at all.

And it’s not like putting all the focus on nonstop test-prep is having the desired effect. Test scores have failed to rise as hoped. Meanwhile, Hong Kong as well as Japan, Canada, Finland, and five other countries that consistently outperform us in math and reading all require extensive education in the arts without narrowing their curriculum, according to a new report from Common Core, a Washington, DC, educational research and advocacy organization. For example, national guidelines in Hong Kong recommend that fourth-graders visit artists’ studios and study great works of sculpture and painting; in Ontario, Canada, learning musical composition and conducting are standard for eighth-graders. “The situation here is extremely frustrating,” says Lynne Munson, Common Core’s executive director. “We have lots of proof that a broad education that includes the arts works better than what we’re doing — and yet we’re ignoring it.”

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My name is Ted Daniel Edinger. I attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  I originally went for Art Therapy/Art Ed, but changed my major to Art Education within the first year.  It is known for its education program, and the art education program was excellent! For my student teaching, I applied for & was accepted to the international student teaching program.  I was placed in Montreal, Quebec. Blessed with the most amazing co-operating teacher, I learned so much through the experience.  I taught 7th through 11th grade(their version of high school) for 10 week.  Though it was a wonderful student teaching experience, it was then I realized I wanted to teach elementary!!  I came back to the USA, and graduated in Dec. of 1996. [Read more]

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I’m Patty, founder of Deep Space Sparkle art lessons for kids. I began this blog in 2009 with the hopes of providing dynamic art lesson plans for school teachers, home- school parents and fellow art teachers.

Children and art are an natural combination. Art happens when media and techniques are introduced and results are as individual as a child. I used variety of techniques in my classroom and try to balance direct- line instruction with observation, painting techniques with free- expression and introduce lessons to ensure that every child’s creativity is natural.

It’s my goal to share my best lessons with you, providing tutorials, photographs of children’s artwork (no adult samples here) plus helpful tips and technique. Despite my best efforts, some lessons don’t always work out the way i hoped. I share this too. After all, mistakes are a huge part of art. [Read more]

Art Instruction

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My name is Ralph Serpe and I am webmaster and founder of the Art Instruction Blog.

This site was originally created as a companion to another site of ours,, but has since taken on a life of its own. This sites main objective is to provide art instruction and other great resources for visual artists.

We are regularly adding fresh content to this site. We offer free lessons on a variety of different mediums including oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing and more. We also regularly feature artists in our section entitled “Artist Spotlight” as well as one on one interviews with professional Artist’s.

If you have not done so already, I highly recommend that you subscribe to our Newsletter so that you can be informed whenever we add new content or make other updates. [Read more]

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The visual arts are art forms that create works that are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film making and architecture. These definitions should not be taken too strictly as many artistic disciplines (performing arts, conceptual art, textile arts) involve aspects of the visual arts as well as arts of other types. Also included within the visual arts are the applied arts such as industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art.

This blog contains the work of visual Artists, computer graphic designers, animators and street artists from Apex, NC. [Read more]