"Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible."
- Maryann F. Kohl
Attending art workshops bring about heaps of benefits for children. They get to explore different textures and engage in sensorial experiences, while creating things from their imagination. It not only stimulates their creative abilities, it is lots of fun and is a great venue for them to meet new friends.
Art workshops create a stimulating environment for children to feel safe to create and experiment, while being allowed to create mess. The valuable experiences art workshops provide outweighs the end product that the children create. The creative process is what's most important when encouraging children to create art.
The environment of art workshops are specially curated to stimulate and inspire children in a creative way. They provide a variety of materials made out of varying textures, colours, shapes and sizes, that the possibility of creation is endless. The spaces also encourage mess. Children and parents do not have to worry about the paint splattering over the walls, or markers staining the tables. Without these restrictions and worries, the freedom to create and the children's capacity to explore increases.
Improve Fine and Gross Motor Skills
One of the best benefits of art workshops, especially for children, is the opportunity for them to work on their fine and gross motor skills. Younger children can struggle to use their tiny finger and hand muscles to grasp smaller objects or use tools. Art workshops offer many different tools and techniques that allow children to work those muscles - painting with a paintbrush, tearing paper, drawing, manipulating clay, and more. With the variety of art experiences provided, they would be able to practice these important skills required for handwriting in a fun way.
Creating art is a great avenue for children to express and channel their emotions in a positive and meaningful way. Art experiences can help children to regulate their emotions and gain more self-control when they are overwhelmed by anger and frustration. Instead of bottling up negative emotions or having emotional outbursts, children can channel their emotions in their artwork and process them into something visual. This also helps them to acknowledge the feelings that they are experiencing and learn how to cope with it.
Some art workshops teach children how to express themselves through art. For instance, children can learn different colours that represents different moods and feelings. Art appreciation classes can also encourage children to appreciate different types of artwork and share how the artwork makes them feel.
Squizzel Box is organising a virtual Lantern-Making Workshop in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Learn more about this festival through an interactive story-telling session, and by creating your own lantern with nagomi art. All participants can also get $8 off their next Squizzel Box purchase! Sign up now to get your materials delivered straight to your doorstep!