Literature, visual arts, graphic arts, plastic arts, decorative arts, performing arts, music and architecture are all great examples of different types of art. Each mode of expression uses skill or imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others.
We believe children who are exposed to creative and artistic outlets and have the ability to explore and participate with such activities, perform better at reading, writing, and math; develop self-confidence and self-esteem; boost self-reliance; and increase empathy and compassion. Art is believed to help children and young adults build confidence, encourages empathy and acceptance of differences, allows opportunity for free expression, encourages creativity, and builds problem-solving skills.
Art allows children and young adults to explore emotions using different colors; using colors to explore emotions creates the opportunity to discuss and identify feelings and use shades and tones to express the intensity of those feelings.
Just the act of working on crafts allows for the chance of multiple skill development such as -- planning, patience, following directions, fine motor skills, problem-solving, focus, and perseverance.
Art can be used as a tool to help students and adults calm themselves whenever they are stressed; mindful coloring is simple and creates a positive outlet to manage emotions.