From the living room to the board room and many points in between, today’s world is often complicated, requiring layers of thought in order to unravel the solution.
Or like a light bulb, the right idea for business success might just suddenly flicker on in one’s fertile mind, without much deliberation or trial-and-error efforts.
Whichever the case, creativity in adulthood takes many shapes and forms, and parts of it are often rooted in art — specifically the time spent as children learning to explore, imagine and create through participation in art classes.
A recent report by Americans for the Arts showed that art education improves critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
For some kids that’s how they best express their creativity — through art — and as adults that development and its results in ideas and solutions are seen in many different ways.
If kids don’t ever learn to try creative things, if they never take chances and risks creatively, it will definitely hinder them as adults. Art in particular helps them develop in the broader sense of everyday life.
One way art helps children develop creative skills is it lets them go outside the box. A child allowed to express and experiment freely in creating art builds the inner wiring of innovation. This is important in a world of frequent change, with companies searching for new ways of doing things. An art background encourages pushing boundaries and exploring new frontiers for improving methods.
A student can finish with something they didn’t necessarily anticipate in the beginning. It goes in a different direction. There’s less structure, no right or wrong answer. Creating art builds confidence, especially for kids who don’t think they’re good students in the more traditional subjects.
Art also helps develop decision-making. The act of exploring and trying new ideas develops a child’s mind as a critical thinker and problem solver as they consider and make choices. These experiences in creating art carry over into other areas.
If you don’t practice it, you don’t develop the touch for it. If you practice being creative and coming up with different ideas, brainstorming, trying it again, adjusting, articulating it, it helps you with about anything you do later on.
Art helps children see the big picture. The visual learning that art provides them is more applicable than ever as they join the workforce. The explosion of smart phones and tablets has put those devices in the hands of kids, giving them an onslaught of visual information to sort through.
Drawing or other forms of art, like sculpting with clay or making pottery, instill visual-spatial skills that help kids interpret and distinguish shapes, symbols and objects.
If you have kids who keep on creating, and allow them to do art work where there aren’t many guidelines, then each work is individual, distinct. Each child in their own way through art learns to think creatively, and that’s so important in the next stage of their life.
Colleen Miller, a veteran teacher and mother of two teenage sons, serves as a national spokeswoman for Magic Sketch magicsketch.us/, which uses a rainbow-colored, liquid-crystal display tablet that erases with the touch of a button. Children can doodle, draw, sketch and trace on it just like pen on paper. Small children can also use the board to learn their letters and numbers. Miller worked as a full-time sixth-grade teacher for nine years, and has been a substitute teacher for grades 2 through 8 for the last six years.
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