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

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

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In the shy or the withdrawn child, theatre, speech or drama lessons may be an outlet for pent up emotions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 activities 
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