Why Kids Need Art

10.30.2019 - By Simple Families

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I really don't know much about art, but I'm learning. One thing I know for sure is that art is important, for kids and adults alike. Today I'm chatting with author Meri Cherry about art + kids. The tagline on her book "Creative Activities and Projects that Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Connection" got me thinking. Giving our children opportunities for art isn't just about encouraging a future career as an artist. Instead, art instills foundational elements such as confidence, creativity, and connection that will last a lifetime.

Meri is an advocate for process art, which is the type of art that is focused on making/doing rather than the final product. As Meri says, "the focus is on process over product". Art truly is for everyone, even the kids who seem uninterested or hard to engage--and we are exploring that more today.

Show Notes/Links:

* The Mental Unload starts November 7th* Meri's Website* Meri on Instagram* Meri's Book: Play Make Create Play, A Process-Art Handbook: With Over 40 Art Invitations for Kids

View this post on Instagram Looking for something to do this weekend with the kids? How about a family collage? . It doesn’t have to be gigantic like this. Any size will do. Cut out some images from your favorite mags or catalogs. Grab some stickers. Or my fave, go thru an old sketch book or coloring book of your kids and cut out some drawings to glue together. See the mermaids Gigi made on the top of this one? . We also added fabric, felt circles, and colored with markers on top of different areas. There’s no right or wrong way to do it and a cardboard box is as good a surface as a canvas. Just have fun with it. . I could cut out pics from mags or old books for hours. Who else finds cutting super relaxing? A post shared by Meri Cherry | Art Studio (@mericherryla) on Oct 12, 2019 at 11:02am PDT

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