All children need a variety of experiences to assist
them in exploring their environment. Through art, children learn to value
their own uniqueness and to appreciate the individuality of others. The
teacher needs to choose art activities of variety which will contribute
to all aspects of a child's development.
In summary, from the California Kindergarten Association publication,
Art Really Teaches, Dr. Violet Robinson, President 1992-94 discusses Child
Development Through Art.
Art provides an opportunity to augment creative expression, self discovery,
self esteem and self concept. Dr. Robinson points out that each work of
art creates a sense of achievement in the child or children who create
She notes that social development is enhanced as children learn to cooperate
during group art projects. When individual projects are combined as in
art quilts, young artists gain a sense of individual contribution to a
group product and develop a "we" feeling.
Small muscles, eye-hand coordination, dexterity, and a sense of rhythm
are developed as children engage in art activities.
The publication notes that the young learners use art as a means of expression
that does not rely on verbal or decoding skills. Language is
applied and their vocabulary is increased as the children talk about their
art projects. Dr. Robinson also notes that drawing contributes to the
development of writing and written expression in emergent writers.
The benefits of cognitive development are discussed thoroughly in the
Correspondences such as one-to-one or one-to-several
Order, relationships, seriation
States of matter
Number and quantity
This article comes from The California Kindergarten Association.
This publication was released in 1997 at the California Kindergarten Conference
in San Francisco. Art Really Teaches was published to help teachers, administrators
and parents understand the value of using art in the educational process.
Art Really Teaches was edited by Ruth Velasquez. Linda Becker, Liz Blek,
Zelda Le Frak, Pat Rees-Miller, Vi Robinson, Cindy Tuisku, and Tom Velasquez
all joined together to develop and produce Art Really Teaches.