Summer Tips for Parents: Use Art to Keep Kids Smart

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - EducationAccording to the National School Boards Association, children who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. Studies show that art helps kids earn higher report card grades because skills developed through art lead to better learning in other areas.

Tips on how to choose an art camp:
Before signing up, ask about lesson plans. Are the art projects age-appropriate for your child?

  • Ask about class-size and student-teacher ratios.
  • Find out more about the instructor(s) and their art backgrounds.
  • Ask how long the visual art program has existed.
  • Speak to other parents that recommend this art camp.
  • Find out what types of artistic mediums your child will work with (clay, paint, etc.).
  • Review all art camp policies and make sure your child understands what the camp rules are.
  • Include your child when choosing an art camp. Review together the camp’s brochures, websites and videos.
  • If your child is unsure about participating, ask if you can visit one of the art classes together before signing up.

Tips on using art at home or on vacation this summer:
Designate a special “creative zone.”

  • Keep your zone always stocked with lots of art supplies.
  • Make your “creative zone” mess-friendly and able to stand up well to spills and art-related fun.
  • Focus on the fun process, not on the outcome.
  • Create a special area to showcase your child’s artwork every day.
  • Watch and encourage your children as they work on their art.
  • Ask them questions to engage them while they create.

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