21 things your child is learning while creating art

Creating art is a complex process, involving many areas of the brain. While it may look like kids are having fun (and they are!) they are also learning important cognitive skills.Artist Harvest Messy Artist #letsmove morris county kids art class

Even the youngest students are introduced to important concepts as they play and create art in a class. In our studios, we see this as kids learn and grow throughout a session, building each week upon what they have learned before.

Here are some of the cognitive skills children develop as they refine their artistic skills.

  1. Colors. For classes for the very young, colors are prominently displayed, and are used in numerous places in the classroom: in the play dough, as part of the project, in artwork on the walls.best art class camp parties new jersey
  1. Shapes. Learning to identify shapes leads into kids using them in their artworks.

    Circle art project - using oranges to print circles on circle shaped paper
    Circle art project – using oranges to print circles on circle shaped paper
  1. Letters. These can be incorporated into art to boost letter recognition and pre-reading skills.the messy artist art studio for kids

4. Texture. Is it bumpy? smooth? sticky? Kids learn the idea of texture and the words to label it.art class for toddlers new jersey

  1. Size. Small, medium, large, EXTRA LARGE!
  2. Quantity. One, a couple, few, many, a lot.kids art pary nj
  3. Patterns.

Social emotional development:

  1. Self-esteem. The look on a childʼs face when they have completed some art they are proud of is priceless.art studio for kids nj
  1. Play skills.
  2. Negotiating with their peers. Kids learn a lot in the sandbox about sharing, asking for what they want, and stating what they donʼt like.cognitve develpments children
  1. Navigating new relationships. At the beginning of each session, many times students do not know each other, but by the end, they have developed a relationship with each. They may not be best friends, but they have gotten to know someone and share thoughts and experience with them.
  1. Fine and gross motor skills.childrens art party nj
  2. Eye-hand coordination.

Older children are also learning:

  1. Decision making and consequences. What happens if I cut this paper here and glue it there? These are safe places to discover that your actions have consequences, both in art and socially.
  1. Expressing thoughts and emotions in symbolic ways.

    ”Feelings War” a painting by student Charley. “The red is angry, the black is unhappy/darkness, the blue is joy and the yellow is happiness. The angry colors are rough and sharp and the yellow is smooth and pleasant.”
    ”Feelings War” a painting by student Charley. “The red is angry, the black is unhappy/darkness, the blue is joy and the yellow is happiness. The angry colors are rough and sharp and the yellow is smooth and pleasant.”
  1. Color Theory. Primary, secondary and tertiary colors, how to use a color wheel, complimentary colors, color mixing.studio art for children
  1. Perspective.art classes for kids party camp new jersey
  2. Concepts in Design. Cartooning students learning about car and other designs.childrens art party new jersey
  1. Art History. Looking at noted artists as examples of different type of art gives kids a view of art history. For this pointillism project, the students first learned about Georges Seurat and La Grande Jatte.the messy artist
  1. Math. Geometry gets more complex in mandalas and other projects.process orineted art new jersey
  2. Science. Using nature as an inspiration or even as part of the artistic process gets the kids learning about the natural world. This bird print is made from leaves.the messy artist fine art for kids

These are 21 ways that kids are learning while making art, but there are still more. What would you add to the list?

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Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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