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Re: art and educational/spiritual development


Date: Wed May 29 2002 - 19:29:48 PDT

  The California Kindergarten Association

Why Teach Art?

All children need a variety of experiences to assist them in exploring
environment. Through art, children learn to value their own uniqueness
to appreciate the individuality of others. The teacher needs to choose
activities of variety which will contribute to all aspects of a child's

In summary, from the California Kindergarten Association publication, Art
Really Teaches, Dr. Violet Robinson, President 1992-94 discusses Child
Development Through Art.

Personal Development

Art provides an opportunity to augment creative expression, self
self esteem and self concept. Dr. Robinson points out that each work of
creates a sense of achievement in the child or children who create the

Social Development

She notes that social development is enhanced as children learn to
during group art projects. When individual projects are combined as in
quilts, young artists gain a sense of individual contribution to a group
product and develop a "we" feeling.

Physical Development

Small muscles, eye-hand coordination, dexterity, and a sense of rhythm
developed as children engage in art activities.

Language Development

The publication notes that the young learners use art as a means of
expression that does not rely on verbal or decoding skills. Language is
applied and their vocabulary is increased as the children talk about
art projects. Dr. Robinson also notes that drawing contributes to the
development of writing and written expression in emergent writers.

Cognitive Development

The benefits of cognitive development are discussed thoroughly in the
following areas:

Correspondences such as one-to-one or one-to-several
Part-Whole relations
Order, relationships, seriation
Symbolic representation
Spatial relationships
Dimensional relations
States of matter
Number and quantity
Topological relationships

This publication was just released in January, 1997 at the California
Kindergarten Conference in San Francisco. Art Really Teaches was
to help teachers, administrators and parents understand the value of
art in the educational process. Photos highlight some of the many samples
which are on display each year at the conference. All samples are sent to
the conference by teachers and students from all over to share their
creations with teachers everywhere.

Highlights of Art Really Teaches are articles, descriptions of 'How To'
each of the 36 pictured samples, directions for 'Art Prints and
'Recipes for Art Projects' such as Fluffy Paint, Soap Snow, four
Finger Paints, Colored Sand, Modeling Clay and many, many more,
for 'Organizing a Mural', and 'Information for Parents'.

Art Really Teaches was edited by Ruth Velasquez. Linda Becker, Liz Blek,
Zelda Le Frak, Pat Rees-Miller, Vi Robinson, Cindy Tuisku, and Tom
all joined together to develop and produce Art Really Teaches.