Art classes can raise student's scores on standardized tests.
Art also teaches spatial reasoning skills, which play a critical
role in math and on IQ tests, so students who master art
could see a boost in math performance and IQ score
Fine arts and performing arts classes teach students to
tackle a problem using a variety of approaches.
This teaches analytical and critical thinking skills.
These skills are important in a wide variety of subjects,
from science to writing.
Americans for the Arts -- an organizations that advocates
for art exposure and education -- sums up a wide variety
of studies indicating that art can boost critical thinking skills and
these skills can help children develop novel approaches to problems.
Art provides children with an outlet for their emotions.
Art classes help kids develop strong social skills and
a healthy outlet for emotions.
Art can be particularly helpful for children who struggle
with difficult emotions or family problems and
those who have a hard time talking about their feelings.
Art also helps children adopt different perspectives,
which can play a role in developing social and emotional skills.
Different Learning Styles
Children each have their own learning styles; while one
child might thrive in a lecture setting,another might spend
his time doodling in class.
Art classes give children another approach to learning
that may activate the imaginations and ignite the interests
of children who struggle in other classes.
Neurologists Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt emphasize
in their book, "Welcome to Your Child's Brain", that struggling
children may benefit from arts education and that art classes
can help children develop impulse control, resulting in better
behavior in other classes and higher academic achievement.