School budget cuts and an increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs can lead to the arts’ neglect in education.
It’s time to change that.
Why give kids space to create art?
- Throughout history artists have been scientists and vice versa. One passion frequently fuels another, and many artists have contributed to science.
- Exploring the arts assists students in other subjects. For example, several studies have shown that kids who take music lessons tend to do better in math.*
- The arts encourage outside-the-box thinking. Creativity helps students in all areas, whether brainstorming science project ideas, devising an invention or designing a new app or making a website beautiful.
- The arts develop storytelling skills. Maybe a child will storyboard a stop-motion animation film or pencil a fairy tale. These verbal and narrative skills become critical as they learn to write essays or craft speeches with attention-grabbing intros and conclusions.
- The arts train kids’ brains to explore new ideas. Maybe a child wants to combine colors seldom paired or make a beatbox version of “Let It Go.” Why not explore the possibilities?
- The arts can help students look at ordinary things in a new way. Ever noticed how compelling photos often feature everyday objects from an unusual angle? A blade of grass in sharp focus, a street scene from an aerial view or an antiquated doorknob in black and white become beautiful through a new lens. Learning to look at something in a new way helps kids visualize new potential whether they repurpose old objects or explore a new way to use their talents.
- The arts can be relaxing and give kids a creative outlet. (The explosion of adult coloring books published might indicate everyone needs a respite to create!)
- The arts help students think critically and explore why an idea does – or doesn’t – work. Maybe their figure needs more shading to look realistic, maybe their story needs more action to keep readers’ interest or maybe their drone would fly better with a more streamlined design.
- The arts comprise a critical component of STEM, even when we don’t explicitly teach it. Web developers often need both coding and web design skills, and product engineers look to develop both functional and aesthetically pleasing items.
- Developing art skills is fun, especially when kids have freedom to collaborate or work independently.
How we teach art at IDEA Lab Kids
At IDEA Lab Kids, we think there shouldn’t be a disconnect between STEM subjects and the arts, and we love blending them!
Whether students learn technical video editing skills while showcasing their creative performances or they learn visual design principles while coding, they develop both sides of their brains simultaneously at IDEA Lab.
Students have the tools they need to create – from 3D printers to glue guns – but also the freedom to explore their own ideas. Along the way, they discover what works, what excites them and how they can use their talents to help others.
Learn more about IDEA Lab Kids camps at www.idealabkids.com/camps.