Youth Art Month – YAM

March is Youth Art Month, a month-long celebration of children, creativity and learning.  It was started in 1961 and is celebrated in schools, museums and galleries all over the country.  It is a great opportunity to get children to stop, look and draw!  Have your kids spend 10 minutes a day drawing from life, meaning drawing an actual object in front of her, and their brains will start firing synapses!  The observational and spacial relationship skills built by drawing from life will transfer to Math and Science abilities, as well as critical thinking and hand-eye coordination.  It is also a great way to build vocabulary and comparison skills (“Does the handle of this mug start above or below the middle?”  “Does the top of this bowl look round or flat?”  “Which is taller, the jar or the apple?  How much taller?”)

Crayola has some amazing lesson plan ideas for Youth Art Month, too!  Here’s a link!

Crayola
http://www.crayola.com/calendar/detail.cfm?event_id=127&year=2006

National Art Education Association:
http://www.naea-reston.org/

Happy Brain Building!

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About Megan Boyd

Teacher of Graphic Design I & II as well as Digital Photo. I live in Room B207.
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2 Responses to Youth Art Month – YAM

  1. Jennifer C. says:

    Great info! I am a big fan of childrens’ art and can appreciate the range of skills involved in the cognitive processing that goes along with drawing and creating an image on paper. Youth Art Month is an excellent time to encourage this. Useful during transitional times, between or just before lunch/specials, or as a lesson warm-up. I have visited the Crayola website before and also discovered amazing lessons plans. I will be sure to visit the National Art Education Association site.

  2. Megan Boyd says:

    Yay! I love Youth Art Month too! It’s a great excuse to have kids just take 5 minutes and draw! And really, drawing something from life does some major brain building. Because students have to REALLY look at something and draw that very thing and not a simplified representation of it. Like trees, I try to tell kids that a rectangle and a circle (‘lollipop tree’) does not make a tree, and I try to get them talking and using comparing and descriptive words to describe a real, particular tree. It makes for some great discussions and activities.

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