Here’s Why Creative Art is Important for Children and Teens
Here in this article, I’m going to discuss how creative art is beneficial for children. And not just children, art that inspires creativity can be life changing for teens as well.
What is creative art
Art and creativity are inseparable. There can be no art without creativity. Artists are all creative people – at least more creative than an average Joe.
Creativity underlies all forms of art. But then what separates creative art from other types of art?
A legit question.
Creative art is different from abstract art; the latter is profound and leaves a mesmerizing effect on us. But the former is flexible and immutable, it inspires us to be innovative, to embark on a self-discovering journey. That’s why many non-artists are into it.
Examples of creative art include hand applique stitch work, embroidery work, clay modelling, graphic design, poetry, dance, mixed media, photography and many more.
Creativity and childhood
“The creative adult is the child who survived.”
The quote above by Julian F. Fleron presses us to explore the connection between creativity and childhood.
A child’s mind is the archetypal tabula rasa. He thinks freely. His thoughts are never driven by what other people think of him, he never judges himself, never cares about failure and tries again after failing. In other words, a child is not psychologically handicapped like an adult.
Children are always thrilled by the idea of doing something new. Adults? Not so much. For them life is a clockwork. Creativity requires immense passion, deep sense of freedom and finding meaning in simplest of things. All these characteristics are inherent to childhood.
Creative art for children
Unlike adults, children are full of energy. All they need is motivational affirmation. A little bit of that and they’d happily indulge in an artistic journey. Sadly, instead of giving them the much needed push, many parents put a lid on their enthusiasm, often unknowingly.
Contrary to what these parents think, creative art can be a great learning aid for children. Children are drawn to colors, shapes and sound. Creative art is nothing but coherent and savory combination of them. The learning blockages are almost always due to psychological reasons and fueled by negative emotions like fear and anxiety.
Creative art brings positivity and removes learning obstructions. It has several benefits; first, it makes children skilled in specific branches of art, making it easy for them to select art as a career option when they grow up. Second, it reinforces interest in learning – not just art but other things as well.
Creative art for teens
The teenage years can be best described as stages in life when emotions take over rationality. Teenagers are infamous for making wrong decisions, overlooking the neon signs of danger, trusting wrong people too easily or not trusting right people at all.
The underlying reason is always the same – prioritizing heart, not brain. Teenagers fail to comprehend heart doesn’t have a qualm with brain and likewise. As they mature, their hearts and brains start to agree more.
Creative art acts as a galvanizing agent for maturity. That’s how it benefits teens. When artistic skills are nurtured, creative growth accelerates. It sharpens one’s senses, makes him more imaginative, hardens his level of determination, inspires him to overcome difficulties. In short, it transforms one’s life.
The result of this transformation is maturity. Teens who are into artistic pursuits are more mature than teens who are not. To write short stories, novels, compose music, draw cool designs, one needs to be emotionally calm and stable. Only after achieving such a mindset can one have creative accomplishments.
Visual art, performative art and music have therapeutic value. People with problems are often reluctant to visit professional therapists, because they are labeled as snake oil salesmen, often rightly so. The same applies to drugs. Drugs and counselling are supposed to aid in therapy, but a large number of individuals who tried therapy offered the same narrative – that neither did any good for them.
The same cannot be said about creative art. It is a form of self-expression; it helps people express themselves better. It’s way better than mundane therapy sessions, simply because it’s liberating at an individual level.
The only reason creative art affects teens and children diversely is the two groups perceive it differently. Art itself is not discriminatory. There’s always some objectivity in it that’s palpable at some level.
That’s why cultivating art comes with objective benefits. The benefits can be reaped by all practitioners, regardless of their age. Among the benefits are enhanced problem solving skills, cognitive and emotional development, better imaginative skills and more. So, parents should actively encourage children to enhance their creative art skills.
Final words to wrap this up; no matter how talented is a child or a teenager, irregular practice can hurt creative art skills. So regular practice is so much important for them.