Sunday, January 13, 2013

Do You Believe in Art Education?

The Jungle Book

I truly believe art is an essential part of every child's education. I know deep in my heart that allowing children to learn about art and art history, helps them become stronger in other areas like science and math and reading. And I think that providing them a creative outlet and letting them explore different techniques helps to not only ground them, but also encourages them to think outside the box and understand that there are different ways to achieve the same result, different ways to solve a problem. That perspective is all in the eye of the beholder and just because it is not the same as everyone else's doesn't mean that the perspective is wrong.

I have two kids who love art. And they are very different in their approach to art. One is very precise and careful with proportions. The other is less concerned about neatness and more about detail and richness. Both are talented (as all children are) and unique in their own individual way.

I use art to help them explore topics or themes we are studying. For example, when we were studying life cycles in science, I had them choose a life cycle and then draw it out for me. I love how they chose different animals and had fun with the process. But what I love even more is the fact that in order to draw it, they had to think about it and understand it. The whole process helped them to better understand the concept.

Art is important. And it bothers me how many schools are struggling to keep their art programs alive. So I was thrilled to learn about Art Room Aid

A program of Blick Art Materials, Art Room Aid is helping teachers across the country enlist the aid of parents, families, friends, and other art advocates to fund their art projects and keep creative learning going.

Want to learn more? Join me at a Twitter Party to find out how you can support art education, make sure art continues to play a role in your children’s lives, and spread the word about Art Room Aid in your community. We'll be discussing projects you can do with your own kids, and sharing sources of inspiration.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m. ET

Where: They’ll be on Twitter – follow the #BlickARA hashtag to track the conversation. See this Twtvite for more info and to RSVP:

Hashtag: #BlickARA

Prizes: They'll be giving away five total prizes - two $25 Blick gift coupons, two $50 Blick gift coupons, and one $75 Blick gift coupon.

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Check out Art Room Aid here:

Blick Art Materials website:
Hope to see you then!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the Motherhood. All opinions are strictly my own. I only work with campaigns with which I approve or agree and feel are beneficial to my readers.


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