NHAF founder, Niki Hingad, an artist and art educationist, explains why learning Art is important at a younger childhood age and why its not must to practice art only when you want to be an artist.
Why learn Art at a younger childhood stage.
Every child should opt for art, not because they want to be an artist once they grow old, but because they can express with more clarity their own deep feelings, which may be the root cause of many problems. Here we see how practicing art is utmost important for every child.
1) Child practicing art makes children happy and calm. When a child shows temper tantrums: This happens when children are overwhelmed by strong feelings and lose control of their emotions and behaviour. Practicing art releases off hidden emotions lowering down the tantrums. Hence making them calm and happy children.
2) If a child is angry: Anger is a result of feeling stressed, disappointed or frustrated, and not being able to cope with those feelings. Practicing art releases off hidden emotions lowering down the anger of a child.
3) If a child has low self-esteem: A Healthy self-esteem is feeling good about yourself, and feeling that you are a worthwhile person. Self-esteem enables them to try new things without too much fear of failing, to reach out and make friends, and to manage problems they are likely to meet along the way. Practicing art builds there self esteem. They are closer to their inner nature.
4) If a child is anxious or depressed: Not all children can bounce back emotionally. When children are miserable, show a number of other changes in behaviour that stop them from participating in their normal activities, they may be depressed. Practicing art releases their pent up emotions and feelings. Almost all schools do art therapy
Introduction of art amongst all children is highly important; as art is the primary medium children can explore their deep feelings. Children may not know how to convey how exactly they’re feeling verbally but very easily through their drawings.