The role of visual arts in the development of the child’s personality

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The Butterfly Effect project, KA 227, implemented by ACTOR Romania, was for us, teaching staff from Galați County, an opportunity to discover the role of drawing as a stimulus for increasing the quality of the educational process. In general, the educational practice, the approach to fine arts as a study discipline is treated with superficiality both by teachers, parents and students. After completing the course held in Greece between June 26 and July 2, 2022, we propose to carry out the exercises on the project platform with the students of the class, through which a cognitive change will be achieved, targeting the right hemisphere by “fooling” the dominant left hemisphere, since the studies and research has proven the beneficial role that the visual arts have in the development of a child’s personality.
The field of visual arts is extremely broad, as any art form that results in a visible object can be defined in this way. In contemporary society, visual culture has assumed enormous importance; more recently, digital art and new media art have gained a not inconsiderable role in an increasingly visually dominated culture. In the multiform scenario of contemporary arts, the latest digital trends enter a new territory of art, which today represents an increasingly important challenge: to confirm itself as a specific market value, to open new opportunities for use and consumption (from digital arts to digital photography, from music to audiovisual) “in a continuous confrontation and in a continuous attempt to overcome contemporary art”.
Physiologically, the human brain consists of two parts, the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. The left side is used in logical thinking and analytical processes. This is stimulated during school activities consisting of math, reading and science. The right hemisphere is used in emotional perception, intuition and creativity. This part remains somewhat uncovered because although the educational package contains the arts as a subject, it is still considered more as an optional.
Here are just a few of the benefits that expressive arts offer children:
Creativity. The arts allow children to communicate more easily than math or science. When children have the exercise of creative thinking, it will become their natural mode of free expression now and in their future careers.
Motor skills. Many of the movements involved in art, such as holding a brush or drawing with a pencil, are essential for developing fine motor skills in young children. All this will develop his writing dexterity.
Language development. For preschoolers, art provides opportunities to learn new words for colors, shapes, and actions. In elementary school, students can use descriptive words to discuss their own creations and the emotions experienced through different styles of art.
Decision making. The experience of making decisions and the possibility of choosing within the creative process, conveys to the child in the future the fact that any newly encountered situation also has a solution. “If they’re exploring, thinking, and experimenting with new ideas, then creativity has a chance to flourish,” says Mary Ann Kohl, an arts educator and author of numerous books on children’s art education.
Visual learning through symbols. Drawing, clay sculpture and collage develop visual-spatial skills, which are important in our times. Even small children know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that before they can read, children are preoccupied with visual information.
Perseverance. The arts can be challenging, and perseverance is essential. This mindset will certainly count as children grow, especially during their careers when they are asked to develop new skills or complete some challenging projects.
Inventiveness. When children are encouraged to express themselves and take some risks through the artistic process, these challenges develop a sense of innovation, which will be important in their adult lives.
“Our society needs to move forward, inventive people who look for new ways and improvements, not just people who can follow an already established path,” says Kohl.
“Art is a way to encourage the process and experience of thinking and doing things better!”
8. Collaboration. Many art forms, such as collage, theater and modeling, require teamwork. They can share their materials and responsibilities to achieve their common goal. Children learn what their contribution to the group is as an integral part of success, even if they do not always have the leading role.
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso

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