Do you recall the first time you felt empowered when holding a crayon or colored pencil? That moment may have resulted in the desire to further experiment by manipulating a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors on paper. In a person of artistic sensibility, other forms of art are also recognized. Perhaps the appeal derives from the presentation of a plate of food, the arrangement of flowers, or in hearing the sound of musical notes blended together. Whether your motivation is prompted by drawing or painting, dance or music, you are unknowingly strengthening the mind and body while learning how to relax, breathe, and focus for longer periods of time. Looking back, art education was simply the ability to create something unique from a blank canvas. The question is: “Why stop creating?”
Doodlers Are Welcome
The word “doodlers” has a negative connotation often associated with distraction or boredom. Did you know that people who doodle are more likely to retain information than if they were sitting and just listening? Doodlers are proven to be creative. One study proved that the skills of doodlers translate into remaining engaged, processing information, and the ability to communicate with ease. In a sketch book or on the margin of a page, doodling also helps promote thinking and self-confidence.
Tip: Create an art studio in your home stocked full with crayons and markers, scissors and various sizes and textures of paper. You may decide to cover a section of wall with butcher paper or place a two-sided easel near a window to stimulate creativity.
Tip: After you have a specific place to encourage the imagination, consider promoting the dramatics by including cardboard and cereal boxes for props and basic costumes, masks, hats, and even shields and swords.
New Construction Platforms
The statement begins, “I love to build.” It implies a love for construction projects, perhaps using wooden blocks or Legos. The builder creates with rules, understands the need for support and is attentive to the fine details. Parents often wonder, “What is the next step?” Today’s child can learn about mechanics, motion, and science fused together when using snap-circuits or robotic pieces.
Tip: Promote an interest in architecture by photographing historical or unusual buildings, bridges, or even the symmetry of a tree. Children may love to delve into architecture and its history, mechanical drawing, or even consider learning about pottery and quilting.
Balance and Timing
The child who loves to bounce, roll, climb, and bravely jump into a pool of foam is, unknowingly, building levels of trust and confidence, displaying strength and control while learning about balance, breathing, and movement. He or she discovers freedom in connection with the movement of the body. She may love gymnastics and dance, and perhaps thrive in karate or synchronized swimming classes.
Tip: Instead of watching television for its programming, find a channel that plays a genre of music. Enjoy the evening hours inspired by bluegrass or show tunes, instrumental music or music from a specific period. The mere pleasure of listening to music, studies have shown, promotes feelings of happiness, boosts energy levels, and fosters creativity or the need to focus on one task.
Artistic expression expands one step farther on the question, “What if…?” It delves into questions and theories, experimentation and results. It allows the individual to start over and begin anew. The creative arts and the expression of movement can be practiced, studied, and used to reveal an unknown talent, or simply for the pleasure of making art.