Lunches of Love

Lunches of Love

What do you get when you combine kids, art, lunch bags and a mission to cheer up the families of sick children?

Another great art lesson!

This summer, Kidcreate Studio partnered with Lunches of Love to donate 10,000 decorated paper lunch bags to be distributed (and hopefully to cheer up) sick children and their families. Lunches of Love is in partnership between Ronald McDonald House and The American Family Children’s Hospital. 

 

All around the country, Kidcreate students added their own creative touches and love to thousands of lunch bags.

We are sooooo proud of the inspirational, kind, funny, artistic, colorful, and all around beautiful bags our students created!

 


Empathy, compassion, and love are just a few more lessons art can teach!

 

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10 Lessons that Art Teaches

10 Lessons that Art Teaches

 

the arts and the creation of mind book cover10 Lessons that Art Teaches
by Elliot Eisner

Why encourage children to learn about and create art?  Why should communities invest in art programs?  While children undeniably relish participating in all types of arts activities, as demonstrated through the imaginative visual, literary and performance projects they create, involvement in the arts also teaches children skills that are applicable to all aspects of life.  In his book The Arts and the Creation of Mind, Elliot Eisner describes 10 of these skills.

  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
  9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA 

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Art and Academic Achievement.

Art and Academic Achievement.

  Studies Show Art is Smart!

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.

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Are You Creative?

Are You Creative?

Creativity is the ability to look at the world in a unique, nontraditional way.  It is being different.  Everyone is creative.  However, not all of us believes that we are creative as we think that creativity must be a complex thing.  Others believe that creativity takes training or practice.  Still others believe that some are born with it, while others are not.  Not true.

The way you respond to the world is the way you show your personal creativity.  In fact, your answers to a series of simple questions will show you just how creative you are.  And, I promise . . you are creative.

  1. What would happen if the sky was not blue?
  2. If your pet could talk like people, what is the first thing it would say to you?
  3. What would happen if parents had to attend school with their kids each day?
  4. What would happen if there was no such thing as email, texting, or online chatting?
  5. What would happen if flowers grew in the snow?
  6. What would happen if salads were made out of candy?
  7. What would happen if bunnies had long necks like giraffes?
  8. What would happen if you got up in the middle of class and started to dance?
  9. What would happen if oil and water did mix?
  10. What would happen if black was white and white was black?
  11. What would happen if yesterday was today?
  12. What would happen if there were “do overs”?
  13. What would happen if you did not dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s”?
  14. What would happen if the boogey man was real and was not scary?
  15. What would happen if you could take a ride on a cloud?

So now that you know that you are creative, consider delving deeper into your creative mind.  Do this by trying something new.  Is there an activity that has always intrigued you, but you never tried?  Or, consider doing your favorite activity in a slightly different way.  These changes do not have to be great.  They can be little alterations in the way you do things, or slightly different paths to arrive at a familiar place.   You will be surprised as to what you learn about yourself and the fun you will have on this road to self-discovery.

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How to Talk to Kids About Art

How to Talk to Kids About Art

 

Little 3-year-old Suzy just completed her latest painting. She used different paint colors to draw a series of squiggly lines going in every direction on her paper. “Ta dah!” She squealed. Mommy and Daddy promptly gasped in excitement and exclaimed, “this one is even more beautiful than the last one!” A family hug ensued. The painting was then added to the mini-gallery full of Suzy’s artwork.

In addition to building your child’s self-confidence by complimenting his or her artwork, each time your child completes a piece of work, take the opportunity to have a conversation about the art piece. For example, if you are unsure what the art represents– is it a cat or is it a tree– just ask. Ask if the art piece has a title like the art your child observed during a recent trip to a local museum or gallery. Ask your little artist why she chose to use those particular colors. In addition to saying that the piece is beautiful, go into more detail about what was done well. “The lines are so straight!” “The sun is in just the right spot in the sky.” And let your child know that it is clear just how hard he or she worked on the piece.

Have similar conversations with your child when you go on trips to the museum, or when you look at the art in books. Ask about particular aspects of a piece such as the colors used, the direction of the brush strokes or the media used.

When you ask questions about art, your child will begin to focus on different aspects of art and think critically about it. Ultimately, your child will develop a deeper appreciation of art and the skill and thinking that goes into each piece.

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5 Reasons Why Art is Important for Early Childhood Development

Art is Smart!

Here Are 5 Reasons Why Art Is So Important for Early Childhood Development.

Kidcreate Studio_taylor with paintStudies show students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. In fact, countries that consistently score highest in math and the sciences have mandatory art classes in schools.

Unfortunately, arts programs in U.S. schools are often underfunded and in danger of being cut. This is in large part due to most states now providing less support per student in elementary and secondary schools, leading to decreased funds and fewer teachers.

Despite the reduced focus on the arts in schools today, parents are encouraged to provide their children with exposure through supplemental programs outside of the traditional classroom.

In early childhood development, art benefits children in a variety of ways, such as:

 

1. Motor Skills

When kids participate in creating arts and crafts, there are many movements involved. From holding a paintbrush to coloring with a crayon, a child’s fine motor skills progress through this hands-on approach to education. Other actions, such as using scissors, help develop the dexterity children need for writing.

2. Language Development

In addition to getting their hands physically dirty creating art, children have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary by learning words for colors, shapes and various actions. This helps children use descriptive words to discuss their creation, and will help them express what feelings are elicited from observing different types of art by the time they are in elementary school.

3. Decision-Making

Studies show art education strengthens both critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in young children. The process of creating art gives children choices and urges them to make decisions in the course of creating their art – a crucial skill that translates into other parts of life. For example, exploration through art will encourage children to try new ideas in other areas of life. Not only will this further spark creativity and imagination, but children can also use critical thinking to react to new experiences and problem-solve when necessary.

4. Cultural Awareness

Exposing children to a variety of interpretations on society is a great way to help them understand the nuances of their surroundings and embrace the differences they see around them in the diverse society we live in today.

5. Encourages Neural Connections

Because art employs any or all of the senses, such as sight, sound, taste and smell, the synapses in the brain of a small child fire away as they experience situations that immerse their senses and further encourage their creativity. In fact, a young brain makes billions of new connections with every bit of new knowledge it is exposed to. In young children, artistic activities lead to the formation of well-rounded personalities, good attachment, self-esteem and better mental health.

 

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