Many parents may feel that, since art is not a required subject, there is no reason to have their children study art if they don’t plan to major in it.
It is true that art is not a topic covered in entrance exams so for students who are really busy studying for exams it may seem like a waste of time.
However, what children learn from studying art will be very useful when they get out in the real world.
So, what exactly do children learn from studying art?
The definition of “the ability to come up with one’s own ideas” means being able to answer the question “how should I do what?” in a flexible manner.
When studying art, if you are unable to think for yourself it is difficult to move on to the next step.
When working on a project, one has to answer the following questions: “what should I make?”, “what color should I make it”, etc.
We develop the ability to come up with one’s own ideas by having a vision and trying to conceptualize on it.
It is hard to try to come up with new ideas and concepts, if real objects constantly surround us.
“The ability to work out a plan” develops along side with the “ability to come up with one’s own ideas”.
When creating an art project, it is not enough to just come up with ideas but it is also necessary to decide,“how you are actually going to create the item”.
When determining how large the item will be and what steps will be taken to create it, we are practicing how to work out a plan.
This type of experience can only happen in an art class so it is important to try to take the time to elaborate on one’s plan.
o how are the 2 skills we mentioned above useful in the real world?
To begin with, if we are unable to come up with our own ideas, when we are faced with a problem that needs to be solved we will be unable to come up with answers and take action.
On the other hand, if we are able to conceptualize, we will be able to face any problem that comes our way with a calm mind and search for the best answers.
Adults who are unable to work out a plan usually end up being inefficient at work.
For these employees, work projects that can be finished quickly end up taking a lot more time leading to a loss of money and time for the company.
Adults who are knowledgeable and have great ideas but cannot work out a plan will not be able to achieve their goals.
Studying art has an important role in developing these skills.
Let’s make sure that our children study art and develop these skills while they are young so that they are ready to face any challenges that come their way when they grow up.