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How to Think Like an Artist

kidcreate-studio_allie-in-front-of-artHave you ever noticed that some people seem to have a naturally ability to think creatively? Such individuals are not necessarily artists, and may not have a particular interest in art. However, these people have a way of thinking that allows them to look at almost any object, situation, or person with a certain depth of curiosity or understanding that helps them to think “outside of the box” and find the extraordinary.

Not everyone is predisposed to be an artist. Yet, creative thinking or “thinking like an artist” is something we all can do! Dr. Craig Roland, an art education professor, put together this list of what it means to think like an artist.*

  1. You look at things more closely than most people
  2. You find beauty in everyday things and situations
  3. You make connections between seemingly disparate things and ideas
  4. You go beyond ordinary ways of thinking and doing
  5. You take risks and accept the possibility that you might not succeed
  6. You learn from your mistakes
  7. You arrange things in new and interesting ways
  8. You work hard and at the edge of your potential
  9. You are persistent
  10. You use old ideas to create new ideas
  11. You do some things simply because it is personally challenging

Imagine if all children were taught these habits from a young age and grew up with the mindset of an artist?  Not only would we see more artists create more imaginative work, we would also see more extraordinary ideas developed in other disciplines.

*Adapted from a list written by Dr. Craig Roland. Retrieved from ReadingRockets.org, 5/8/2015 

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5 Ways to Organize Your Child’s Art!

Was getting organized on your list of New Year’s resolutions?  If you have young children, your house is probably overrun with art.  In addition to the gazillions of drawings children create at home, once they start school they create new little masterpieces practically every day.  With both wall and fridge space quickly disappearing, what are you to do with your little one’s creations?  Here are some ideas for organizing and displaying your children’s art.

  1. family art gallery from mylittlebookcase.comCreate a Family Art Gallery.  Do not limit your kid’s art to just the refrigerator door or your child’s room.  Pick a room in the house as your family’s art gallery.  Fill the walls with your family’s art.  Select a room that is “family friendly” such as the family room or media room.  Or, use a hallway.  Purchase or make beautiful frames to properly display the art.  When family or friends visits, proudly give them a VIP tour! Thanks to mylittlebookcase.com for the adorable family art galler example photo!
  2. Artkive AlbumCreate “Look Books.”  There are now several online services such as ArtKive and Blurb that will print images of your artwork and bind them in a soft cover or hardcover book.  Create a new one for each year of your child’s life.  Look books also make great gifts for grandparents!
  3. shutterfly mugCreate Functional Art.   With today’s technology your children’s artwork can be printed on a wide variety of items by companies such as Shutterfly that you can use around the house. Examples include decorative pillows, serving trays, mugs, blankets, and yes . . . even shower curtains! Fill your house with these items and your children’s artwork will never be far away.
  4. Create a Digital Gallery. One of the best ways to manage a large amount of artwork is to go paperless.  Make digital images of your child’s artwork by scanning it or taking photos of it and save it into an online image organizer.  You will be able to easily email images of your child’s latest creations to grandma and grandpa, and you will be able to take a sentimental look back at it for years into the future.
  5. File it Away. Even if you create look books, a gallery and home accessories with your child’s art, there are bound to be many originals that you are not prepared to discard.  Place the artwork in letter or legal size folders, labeled with each child’s name.   Place the set of folders in a large but shallow lidded box that can be easily stored under a bed.  You can easily add to it. Go through the box from time to time and decide which of your little one’s masterpieces you are ready to let go.

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Art and Academic Achievement.

  Studies Show Art is Smart!

Art Brain

Does your child have an art enhanced brain?

It has long been established that children benefit from creating art.  Art helps build confidence in children, helps children learn to solve problems, and helps children develop communication skills.  So why have many school districts across the country cut back on art education curricula and emphasized the traditional 3 “Rs”- reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, or  STEM-related curricula?  Limited budgets require schools to make hard choices and there is no question that reading, writing, math, science and technology-related programs are important. But what about art you ask? Can art help my child become a better student? That answer is YES! There are several studies that have shown that art education has a measurable positive impact on academics. Here are a few.

1) Art and the ACT Test.  The ACT is one the most important determinants of what college students will attend.  A few points could make a difference in a student ending up at a first-choice school or a “back up” school.  According to a 2011-2012 study by the West Virginia Department of Education on art participation and education, students with more art credits performed better on the ACT than students with fewer art credits.

2) Art and Attention.  Success in the performing arts requires practice, practice, practice.  It also requires the ability to pay attention to detail and discern nuances in a performance. In 2008, the Dana Consortium published a report on art and cognition.  The report concluded that people with training in the performing arts are motivated to have sustained attention to that particular art form.  That ability to attend leads to cognitive improvements in other areas of life, including academics.

Click here to go to the Dana Consortium article “Arts and Cognition Monograph: Summary”.

3) Art and the 3 “Rs”.   A 2002 report published by the Arts Education Partnership culled information from 62 studies that looked at participation in various types of arts and academic achievement. Put together, these studies suggest that art education positively impacts basic academic achievement, particularly for low-income students.

In the May 2002 USA Today article “Study: Arts education has academic effect”, The Arts Education Partnership asserts that different art forms benefit students in different ways. The visual arts “improve content and organization of writing; promote sophisticated reading skills and interpretation of text, reasoning about scientific images and reading readiness.” Pursuing a combination of art forms including drama, music, and visual arts “helps with reading, verbal and math skills; improves the ability to collaborate and higher-order thinking skills.”

Click here to go to the USA Today article about The Arts Education Partnership Report.

4) Art and Problematic Behavior.   A 2010 report compiled by the Missouri Department of Education and the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education found that the more students are involved in art, the less like they are to present disciplinary problems. For example, those involved in art were more likely to go to all classes, not just art classes and ultimately graduate.

Art is smart! These and other studies and reports show that art education should not be marginalized, but should be an integral part of a well-balanced core curriculum from the earliest ages through high school.

To learn more about the benefits of art in education, click here!

 

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Summer Photo Album 2015

Summer Was Great at Kidcreate!

It’s hard to believe that summer is over! We had a wonderful group of kids this summer. They worked so hard! No summer academic slip at Kidcreate. The creativity was flowing and the brain synapses where firing. If your child visited us this summer, give them a pat on the back from Kidcreate for great work!

In  celebration of the kid’s hard work, we have put together this photo album.  Maybe you will see your child’s smiling face in one of the pictures. Or perhaps one of the masterpieces they created this summer at Kidcreate. Click on the images to view them bigger!  

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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July Camp Photos!

It has been a busy summer of painting, sculpting, drawing and creating at Kidcreate! Check out some of the art our students created this July.

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June Camp Photos!

Oh the fun we are having with the kids this summer! Here is a small sampling of some of the fabulous art created by our students this June.

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June Camp Photos!

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Oh the fun we are having with the kids this summer!

Here is a small sampling of some of the fabulous art created by our students this June.

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Click on the photos to see the full image. ENJOY!

 

Summer 2014 Photo Gallery

Amazing Art by Amazing Kids!

We can’t beleive summer is over! Moms may be glad when the kids go back to school, but at Kidcreate it makes us so very sad! The noise, positive energy and creativity the kids bring to the studio every day is so inspiring. Summer session is one of our favorites!

To celebrate the wonderful summer of 2014, we have put together this art gallery. Maybe you will see your child’s smiling face in one of the pictures. Or perhaps one of the masterpieces they created this summer at Kidcreate. Click on the images to view them bigger!