“There are two distinct languages. There is the verbal, which separates people… and there is the visual that is understood by everybody.” – Yaacov Agam, an Israeli sculptor and experimental artist
It is widely agreed that free play is important for children as it lets them explore and make sense of their surroundings through their own experiences. However, what most people often fail to consider is that visual arts, which encompasses painting, sculpting, and film-making, is also an important area of play for the young intellects. In fact, studies suggest that this distinct area of play has similar effects on the growing minds as it lets them explore their inner thoughts and ideas more precisely.
We, at Vidsan Charthouse, believe that visual arts are something that offers children a space for discovering their creativity, through which they are able to expand their understanding of the world and advance towards their holistic development. It aids in their emotional, verbal, social, and cognitive development, which culminate into creating an individual with a drive to create and innovate. So, how do visual arts actually help in sparking innovation in young minds? Let’s find out!
Visual arts help in developing problem-solving skills in children
Visual arts help in building and strengthening the children emotionally, cognitively, and socially. Besides, it also plays an important role in developing their problem-solving skills, and thus, aids them in their holistic development. When children indulge in visual arts like painting and sculpting, they learn to make various decisions with respect to mixing colours, sorting out materials, constructing sculptures, recognising shapes and patterns, and identifying structures and collections. Based on how they want to express and communicate their thoughts, they decide on the forms or materials to use. This eventually works on building up strong problem-solving and decision-making skills in them, which thereby act as a stepping stone for the future visionaries.
Children gain a lot from the lives of great artists
An important part of learning any form of visual art is taking inspiration and ideas from the work and the lives of the stalwarts that came before us. When our children attempt to understand their work and comprehend their message, it is not just the art form they learn about, but they also gain the confidence and courage to innovate.
After all, the greatest artists that we speak of with much admiration today were the ones who always strived to remain ahead of their times. They were not afraid to think outside the box, and neither should our young generation of budding artists.
Aids in the continued and effective development of children’s brains
Visual arts provide a rich tactile, multi-sensory hands-on environment to the children, and the stimulations thus developed in their brain aids in the formation and growth of synapses. Experiences with visual arts foster the continued development of the children’s brains while helping them to make meaningful connections with their surroundings.
Deprivation of such an environment can, in fact, cause the brain to stop the complete development of the neural pathways and connections. Thus, when we take away visual arts completely from the lives of the children, we certainly curb their ability to grow and develop a creative bend of mind.
We, at Vidsan Charthouse, a widely recognised international school in Delhi NCR, have always believed that visual arts must be an intrinsic part of the school curriculum as it helps to ensure the all-encompassing growth of the fledgelings. To that end, we, at Vidsan, have enriched our institution with the finest facilities to enable our pupils to devote their mind to the art forms in an undisturbed and focused manner. We know that even if they don’t choose visual arts as a profession in future, it will leave a positive mark on their minds for a lifetime.