Art class is so much more than just learning to draw a shapely line and studying the position of colours on the colour wheel, especially for young, developing minds. For many children, art is a tool that fosters critical-thinking skills and aids in problem-solving. Exploration, experimentation and reasoning all play huge roles in a quality art curriculum, and all are skills that benefit children as they grow and progress. This is the premise behind the Arts Programme at One World International School.
Art opens a child's mind in different ways than math or science. It teaches them to be creative problem solvers and inquisitive thinkers. While not always a mandatory part of a students curriculum, OWIS believes it's an important part of their overall development not to be overlooked.
Art Improves Academic Performance
A report released by Americans for the Arts links the study of art to improved, all-around academic performance. Children who practice art learn to think outside the box. They learn to question and to stretch what they know. And when students study or create art from other countries and other civilisations, they learn about lives that are different from their own. Art expands a student's world, making it bigger, friendlier and more accessible.
Art Impacts Social and Emotional Development
Participating in group activities such as theater, art festivals and art shows not only helps children develop a healthy sense of self-esteem, it also cultivates social skills. Students learn appropriate ways to interact with peers, with parents, and with audiences and school personnel. They form friendships and learn the basics of teamwork. Additionally, art has a positive impact on the brain. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, individuals who study and practice art show better memory skills, are more keen observers, and have a more developed sense of embodied cognition -- the ability to imagine oneself inside a static scene such as an oil painting.
The Art Programme at OWIS
One World International School strives to provide an environment in which our children can flourish and explore. Students exhibit a high level of engagement, from art appreciation through the planning and creation of their own works of art. From visualisation to creation, our students hone their skills, working with various wet and dry materials, digital art and 3D sculpture. And in return, they learn to think creatively, to question the world around them and to be confident in who they are.
Additionally, OWIS students have ample opportunities to showcase and exhibit their art works, whether participating in a drama or taking part in an art show, children enrolled in the arts at OWIS become well-rounded, confident students.
A quality education that embraces the arts is a cornerstone for every successful student. Contact us today.