Five Ways Art Classes Can Benefit Your Child

Art classes are becoming less common in American schools as the focus of learning shifts to the core subjects of math, science and reading. Is this truly a benefit to our children? Many parents and educational professionals adamantly believe that the arts should not be neglected. Although many educators think the arts are a luxury, they form the building blocks of developmental skills that can benefit children throughout their lives. Take a look at just some of the ways that children gain from taking art classes.

Motor Skill Development

Children develop small motor skills as they learn to color with crayons or paint with a brush. Using scissors, drawing shapes and coloring inside the lines also helps with fine motor skills. As adults, we use these skills every day without even thinking about them. From turning the key to unlock the house to typing on the computer or texting on our phones, these skills are an integral part of daily life.

Problem-Solving Skills

One of the most sought-out skills on the job market today is problem-solving skills, and young children first begin learning these skills in art classes. As children explore and learn through art, they develop their ability to think creatively and explore solutions. These skills can help them find new ways to perform tasks and become more efficient at their jobs, no matter their field or profession.

Language Skills

As children draw and create, they talk about what they are doing. This helps them learn to express themselves more effectively with words. They can talk about what they are creating, why they are creating it and what it means to them. As adults, this exercise will help them develop oral communication skills that are critical in any job.

Visual Learning Skills

Throughout our life, we learn by seeing. On the job, we learn by watching others. We discover new ways of performing tasks. We understand by observing those who are more skilled. Children improve their visual skills by sculpting, creating art and drawing.

Creative Thinking

As children are encouraged to be creative in their art projects, they learn to explore and be innovative. Our world desperately needs more innovative thinkers. These are the people who find new solutions to old problems and invent products that improve our lives. Without creative thinkers, we would not enjoy the many technological advances in our society. By allowing children to think creatively through art classes, we help them to become forward thinkers.

Without art classes, children would miss out on many valuable skills. The core subjects are an important part of children’s education, but taking art classes can help them develop skills that cannot be learned from a book. It helps their minds grow and it helps them to become unique and strong individuals who will make our world a better place to live. Where would be we be without the great inventors and writers and artists of the world? Contact your local arts academy today to enroll your children in art classes to help them become well-rounded, creative thinkers.

Jen Stott is a writer and blogger, and works as the Content Director at Be Locally SEO in Salt Lake City, Utah.

See What Tomorrow Will Look Like by Visiting the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain

The last time we thought about Valencia was when we ordered the 1961 epic movie “El Cid” from Netflix. However, our recent trip to Spain showed us there were many contemporary reasons to consider the ancient and relatively humble Valencia as a first class vacation destination.

A place where yesterday meets tomorrow

Since the time of El Cid – over the last thousand years or so – Valencia has seen Christian and Muslim conquerors come and go. Its history also includes being the birthplace of two Catholic Popes and three of the kings of Europe.

More recently, the city hosted the America’s Cup races and the Formula One European Grand Prix, but for the most part Valencia had taken up a quiet place in Spain’s colorful history – until the decade of the 1990s.

Enter the City of Arts and Sciences

If Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991) had lived to see the creation of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias by renowned Valencian architect, Santiago Calatrava, he may not have selected Marin County, California as the 2161 building site of the Starfleet Academy. Instead, he might have asked Senor Calatrava to design it for him in Valencia.

Construction on Calatrava’s amazing complex of otherworldly buildings began in 1998 along the old bed of the redirected Turia River at a reputed cost of more than $2.5 billion dollars.

The main structures

The Umbracle is the huge promenade entrance to the City of Arts and Sciences. Numerous lofty arches are covered in verdant vines that protect a garden and several species of tropical plants and trees.Along the colorful walk you will also find the ‘Stroll of the Sculptures’ an outdoor gallery of nine unusual figures by contemporary artists.

The Prince Phillip Museum of Sciences opened in 2000 and its design is often said to resemble a whale’s skeleton, or a dinosaur’s spine. Whatever your muse, this magnificent exhibit is actually an interactive museum that will prove fascinating to anyone interested in the scientific disciplines that study everything from questions about the origin of the universe to contemporary issues like the enigma of climate change.

The Queen Sophia Palace of Arts sits amidst a setting of Mediterranean blue reflecting pools. When it opened in 2005, it became the signature performing arts center in Spain for opera, theatre, and dance. At 248 feet, it is the tallest opera house in the world. The site encompasses four multi-purpose auditoriums and the smallest hall seats 400, the largest 1,700 people.

Proudly, the Queen Sophia Company hosts the Centre of Perfeccionament Placido Domingo, which is a celebrated program for young talented opera artists. As the name indicates, the program honors Spain’s most famous tenor, Placido Domingo.

The Oceanographic is like an underwater city and is the largest aquarium in Europe. It features over 500 species of fish and mammal inhabitants collected from the world’s oceans. The oceanographic compound covers some 20-acres and includes an unusual aquarium restaurant with floor to ceiling glass walls where curious fish can watch you savor the catch of the day along with your paella.

The Hemispheric is a visually striking eye-shaped Planetarium in the midst of a stunning turquoise pool. This popular attraction has a computerized astro-projector that shows the night sky with all the planets and stars on a screen so large you feel like an astronaut.

There is also a laser show displayed on a 900 square foot screen, and visitors can watch IMAX and 3-D journeys through space. It is no wonder that the Hemispheric Planetarium is now one of the top five buildings visited in Spain.

The Agora is the latest structure created by Calatrava’s architectural genius. This surrealistic multi-use sports arena is 262 feet high and seats over 5,500 spectators. The Agora is the venue for the Valencia Open 500 and is expected to take its place among the greatest sports facilities in the world.

The combined images

The various buildings of the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences have been called ‘techno-palaces’ and they certainly live up to the name. The scope of this unusual complex is breathtaking and an architectural marvel. The light, reflecting waters, shapes, and structural designs are a photographer’s dream. This is an intellectual Disneyland and could be a megalopolis base in the Galactic Empire in Star Wars.

Don’t miss the rest of Valencia