Art-based activities

Art-based activities

 Art-based activities

A recent report by several independent researchers concludes that 

participating in the arts nurtures the development of social, personal and 

cognitive skills. Programs based on Arts can improve academic achievement 

and decrease the tendency towards delinquency. It helps youth form 

positive attitudes about themselves and build self-esteem.

 Art-based activities

Arts programs involve communication, interpretation and understanding of 

complex symbols, much like mathematics and languages. Thus it fosters 

higher-order analytical skills and skills of evaluation and synthesis. 

Many of the programs make the child regularly use multiple skills thus 

making him dynamic and versatile. 

 Art-based activities

Development of imagination, judgment and philosophy are fringe benefits of 

an arts-based activity. As opposed to the short 45-minute duration of the 

art classes at school, the extra time allowed in after school activities 

allows the child to get more involved. This results in more satisfactory 

opportunities for development of latent capabilities in the child. In 

turn, the child learns to set high standards of achievement. He 

understands what sustained focus is and learns that regular practice is 

the way to excellence. 

In the shy or the withdrawn child, theatre, speech or drama lessons may be 

an outlet for pent up emotions. As drama entails getting into the 'skin' 

of another person, the child learns to verbalize emotions and express 

thoughts. These reasons account for the popularity of arts-based 


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