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!
National Art Education Association:
Happy Brain Building!