Art classes can raise student's scores on standardized tests.
Art also teaches spatial reasoning skills, whic play a critical role in math and on IQ tests,
so students who master art could see a boost in math performance and IQ scores.
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 organization 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 helped 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 adopts different perspectives, which can play a role 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.
Nerologists 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 behaviour in other classes and higher academic achievement.