Dec 8

Inspire your school age child

Posted on 8th December 2015 in Art Club News

As you may know by now here at Dib Dab we are passionate about Art and making it accessible to children of all ages.
Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, modelling and sticking. Unfortunately, when schools cut back on budgets, the arts are usually the first to go. It seems that schools do not fully appreciate the importance of art developing a child’s brain.

Physiologically, the human brain consists of 2 parts, the left and the right sides. The left brain is used in logical thinking and analytical processes. This is typically what is trained in school work that consists of math, english and science. The right brain is used in emotional perception, intuition and creativity. It is the right brain that is mainly used when a person is involved in creative endeavors such as making art.

It is shown that when gifted children solve problems in their areas of giftedness, there is increased electrical activity in both sides of the brain. It appears that for the brain to be efficient, the two hemispheres of the brains must work together. By stimulating and exercising the right hemisphere of the brain, the arts strengthen the connection between the hemispheres. Children should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature so that their right brain will be as developed as the left, and both hemispheres work in tandem, thus achieving the full potential of the mind.

Benefits to children engaged in Art:

Learn to think creatively, with an open mind
Learn to observe and describe, analyze and interpret
Learn to express feelings, with or without words.
Practice problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, and art-making skills.
Discover that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of view

Your child can blossom and excel in the arts. Even with physical, emotional or learning challenges, your child can experience success in the arts.
Arts builds confidence.

Article written by Long Jo date: 8th December 2015