Interesting facts about kids and Arts

The left brain is used in logical thinking and analytical processes. This is typically what is trained in school work that consists of math, reading and science. The right brain is used in emotional perception, intuition and creativity.  It is the right brain that is mainly used when a person is involved in creative endeavors such as making art.  It appears that for the brain to be efficient, the two hemispheres of the brains must work together.  By stimulating and exercising the right hemisphere of the brain, the arts strengthen the connection between the hemispheres. Kids should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature so that their right brain will be as developed as the left, and both hemispheres work in tandem, thus achieving the full potential of the mind.

The New York Center for Arts Education also lists some benefits of exposing children to art:
Your kid learns to think creatively, with an open mind
Your kid learns to observe and describe, analyze and interpret
Your kid learns to express feelings, with or without words.
Your kid discovers that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of view
Your kid learns to collaborate with other children and with adults
Your kid can blossom and excel in the arts.  Even with physical, emotional or learning challenges, can experience success in the arts.
Arts build confidence.  Because there is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations.

I am a stay at home mom of 3 kids (ages 7, 11 and 13 ) and a part time professional photographer. I have been living in Redlands for the past 11 years with my family. As a child I used to spend many hours coloring and drawing. My passion for art led me to earn an Associates Degree in Photography and a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. I believe that artistic activities are both fun and therapeutic for any age, they transport you away from the daily routine and make you feel peaceful.  I am happy to share this experience with other people in the hope that it will inspire them to explore and appreciate the arts further.