In recent years, school curricula in the U.S. have shifted toward common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, creative art activities provide the building blocks of child development.

After art classes began to get pushed to the side in order to make time for preparation for standardized tests and STEM lessons or because of budgetary constraints, more and more research has shown that weaving artistic expression through core curriculum helps students retain the information they are learning. 

Art Provides an Emotional Outlet

Art instruction helps children with the development of language skills, social skills, motor skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. A study of Missouri public schools in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates, and test scores. Since art provides a structured environment for children to express themselves, they can learn better ways to deal with negative emotions.

Art Inspires Confidence

An art class provides a safe space for students to express themselves and explore various aspects of their identity.  Students who are shy in a normal classroom setting may gain the self-confidence to stand up and talk about their artwork. The sense of pride gained through a finished product encourages the students to keep trying and striving to accomplish more. As they gain confidence in the art room, theatre, or choir room, children may begin to take greater leaps and step out of their comfort zone in other areas of their lives.

Art Requires Creative Thinking

As a child is required to think creatively as they go about an art project, it strengthens the neurological pathways to allow them to think creatively outside of art class. Art asks students to visually and creatively solve a challenge presented to them. This deep thinking will be imperative as students continue to grow and are presented with challenging math problems, moral and ethical questions, leadership opportunities, and more!

It’s often said that art is everything. The benefits of art are far-reaching and essential for preparing students for success in the 21st century and beyond. Through the lessons they explore, students hone their critical thinking and creativity while learning how to work cooperatively with others. Explore the curriculum at Compass Academy Network’s free four-week summer school today!