Why Art is Vital for Kid’s Development

Why Art is Vital for Kid’s Development

We take a look at why kid's creativity and arts education in schools is such an important issue right now, and how your child could benefit from being provided with artistic opportunities.

How Art Can Heal

How Art Can Heal

At Artory, we offer art classes to the Tweed Shire (near Murwillumbah, Casuarina and Cabarita Beach) with the aim of improving creative expression and mental health. So we think it’s important that we explore just why art and therapy go hand in hand.

5 Conditions for Creativity

5 Conditions for Creativity

This week at the Artory Art School we cover the five elements of creating a space fit for art and creation. If you’re struggling with procrastination, discomfort or distraction at home (and let's face it, we all do when we're not at the Artory art classes), then check out this list to see what might be holding you back.

Why Society Puts Creativity Last Instead of First

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Why Society Puts Creativity Last Instead of First

Across the world, there is a growing sensation that we have to ‘prove’ something. Whatever activity you do, there will be someone somewhere monitoring your results and comparing them to a set of statistics. How can we make creativity a priority again in a society obsessed with measurable results?

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HOW TO STAY CONNECTED WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE

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HOW TO STAY CONNECTED WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE

Connecting and practicing your art with fellow creative people is one of THE MOST important aspects to your creative health. But at the Artory we understand that not everyone can attend our art classes in Kingscliff and art classes on the Gold Coast. So for those unable to join in, are there are other ways to surround yourself with creative people and keep your arts practice ignited? Yes! Here are our top tips for keeping socially and creatively connected with fellow artists:

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HOW TO FIT ART INTO YOUR LIFE

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HOW TO FIT ART INTO YOUR LIFE

Though Artory has an extensive programme, including parties and classes for all occasions, there are many more subtle ways you can make your art practice as frequent and easy as breathing- by personalising the way you fit it into your life. If you’re struggling to figure where to start when it comes to expressing yourself, keep an open mind and think through each idea below.

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creativity, mess and your child’s future

creativity, mess and your child’s future

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

We are all artists - entrepreneurs, scientists, house-wives, even accountants - people are innately creative. The problem is that our artist “hat” is often hidden deep down inside, locked away underneath all of our other hats - the “I’m too busy” hat, the “what’s the point” hat, or even the “I can’t draw a stick figure to save myself” hat *gasp*! The thing is, there is nothing wrong with keeping our artist hat temporarily in mental storage. BUT….if you are a parent, how can you ensure that your child’s “artistic hat” is honed and fostered while yours is locked away? Ah….the ultimate question! Of course, we highly recommend our kids art classes in Kingscliff and our kids art parties on the Gold Coast. But if you don’t have access to art classes in your local area, how can you still ensure your child’s creativity is fostered?

As parents, it is vital that we provide a space for our children to make creative mess in the home, - to paint, to play and to experiment. As I child I remember having unlimited access to our “cupboard under the stairs” which was always stocked with craft supplies, odds and ends, toilet rolls, fabric scraps etc. Basically, it was useless junk but to us as kids it was priceless treasure and most importantly, it instigated ‘imaginative play’.

As Kaufman (2013) from Psychology Today explains , allowing your child to experience imaginative play, to dream, to fantasize or “make-believe” makes them better people. When they’re more comfortable in being different from others, making mistakes and looking outside the box, they’ll become the inventors, creators and entrepreneurs of our world. More importantly, they’ll be able to simply cope with the world! If they can think creatively and problem solve their way through tough situations, they’ll be better able to cope with lifes anxieties and mental issues.

 But if making mess in the home just isn’t an option, or you feel your child needs something more, there is another option available. Book your child into one of our Artory kids art classes in Kingscliff, or our kids art workshops on the Gold Coast and they’ll find themselves in a room full of like-minded creatives with activities specifically designed to foster creative thinking. And for an extra special creative boost, our kids art parties on the Gold Coast or Kingscliff are a creative blast as well!

ARE YOU RIGHT BRAINED OR LEFT BRAINED?

ARE YOU RIGHT BRAINED OR LEFT BRAINED?

Enter any art room today and you will here someone profess that they are a “right brain thinker” or a “left brain thinker”. Yet the truth is, all of us are neither! So before you dismiss the idea of joining an art class in Kingscliff because you aren't the correct "brain type," let me to debunk that myth for you once and for all!

The origins of this myth came from research from the 1960s where the ‘corpus callosum’ (the band of neural fibers connecting the two brain hemispheres) was cut out from epilepsy patients as a last-resort treatment, allowing scientists to experiment on how each hemisphere worked in isolation.

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But the blatant truth is that while our brains remain intact inside our skulls, both brain hemispheres are inextricably connected. Current research tells us that there are actually three areas of the brain associated with creativity:

 

  1. the Attentional Control Network (helps us to focus on a task)
  2. the Imagination Network (helps us to construct mental images from imagined scenarios and memories of past events)
  3. the Attentional Flexibility Network (monitors what’s going on around us and helps us to switch between the Imagination Network and Attentional Control.

 

So, what does that mean for you? The “left-brain, right-brain” myth can no longer be your self-deprecating excuse for a lack of creativity.

You are creative! ….or at least, you could be.

Your brain is remarkably malleable and can be taught and trained to be more creative. Interested? The Artory runs art classes in Kingscliff, NSW and art classes on the Gold Coast, QLD.

Written by Anne Smerdon