Art Play in the Lives of Children
The Importance of Visual Arts
Self-expression, creativity, exploration, and creation are a few words that come to mind when we think of art. In addition to providing a diversity of images, sights, ideas, and concepts, art helps develop emerging skills such as observational and physical motor skills in the early childhood art setting. Additionally, art helps to develop a child’s vocabulary and encourages them to experiment in expressing their ideas and thinking. The art area within an early childhood environment should provide the setting, materials, and guidance to allow for such artistic expression. Artistic expression provides a child with the opportunity for individuality, self-expression, and unique use of art media in order to give an individual the power to create and form ideas.
In this White Paper:
- How art enriches development in children
- How to create a play environment that enriches art play
- And more!