Why do children need art?

By Hannah Jarmain

Art education has the power to shape and change lives! The Children’s Art Foundation of San Miguel teaches art with a difference. We teach children from age five to 12 drawing, imagining, writing stories and the fundamental skills of self-expression.

Children’s Art Awards
Award ceremony and reception for 15 schools
Sat, Nov 10, 5-7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta

While classes are structured and educational, they are also fun and engaging. Children develop fine motor skills, attention to detail, patience and self-confidence; all while having fun and learning to draw great pictures and create great stories.The children learn core art skills and life skills such as:

• Fundamental drawing skills (line, pattern, composition, balance, scale, proportion)
• Fundamental art techniques (portraiture, perspective, still life, shading)
• Art history, expanded imagination and creativity
• Fine motor skills (handwriting), attention to detail and focus, visual/spatial organization skills, persistence and follow-through, patience, discipline and manners
• Increased self -esteem and confidence
Besides this, there are well-documented benefits of art on the brain development of young children: Brain research has made great advancements in identifying the specific needs of growing minds, especially in the developing years between three and 12. It is during this time that the human mind is being sculpted into the brain that it will become.

Physiologically, the human brain consists of two parts, the left and the right hemisphere. The left brain is used in logical thinking and analytical processes. This is typically what is trained in schoolwork that consists of math, reading and science. The right brain is used in emotional perception, intuition and creativity.

It is the right brain that is mainly used when a person is involved in creative endeavors such as making art. It is this part of the brain that typical school environment neglects to train. For the brain to be efficient, the two hemispheres of the brains must work together. By stimulating and exercising the right hemisphere of the brain, the arts strengthen the connection between the hemispheres. All children should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature so that their right brain will be as well-developed as the left brain, and both hemispheres work in tandem, thus achieving the full potential of the mind. The visual and mental stimulation that we offer students is a very important part of a child’s healthy development. As children learn how to draw new objects, they reinforce connections in their brains and train their minds to be more perceptive to the details of the visual world.

Hence the Children’s Art Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2010 in San Miguel to enrich the lives of children through art.

CAF currently offers free access to our Literacy through Art education to underprivileged children, holds an annual art contest and ensures that every child who participates will receive a certificate of recognition and publishes the best work by children in a high-quality bilingual art book.

Future CAF projects include a major contemporary art auction fundraiser at Rosewood, featuring the top contemporary artists of Mexico and San Miguel. Please save the date — Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6pm at Rosewood. Tickets can be purchased in advance at artedelosninos@gmail.com or visit our website www.artedelonninos.org.

We hope to extend CAF Literacy Through Art education to more schools in remote communities of San Miguel and extend the CAF education program to special and gifted teens through a scholarship program to further their training in art including an animation program as we seek to develop an affiliation with Pixar and Disney.

We need teachers and your help to shape the children’s hopes and dreams.

Please find out more about us by attending our special events on November 10 at 5pm at the Teatro Angela Peralta.

Everyone is welcome!

To contact us: In person at our office at Gallery One on Codo 1, centro or email artedelosninos@gmail.com or visit our website www.artedelonninos.org.

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