Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) April 28, 2014
It’s proven through government studies that creativity is a valuable asset best developed through the arts. Creativity is known as the fundamental driver of innovation. Art education develops the critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities necessary to create our future innovators. However, it can be quite difficult for parents to retain the adventurous free spirit of early childhood in the face of elementary and middle school social pressures. How can parents raise the next generation of creative thinkers?
Unstructured artwork is characteristic of pre-school and kindergarten age children. They draw stick figures and love to splatter paint with fingers onto huge sheets of paper. Parents enjoy the self-expressive free nature found in their child’s art. Exploration and risk-taking are encouraged, even if the kitchen floor is a disaster and there are two loads of laundry afterwards.
By third grade it’s clear something has changed. Children become much more cautious with their artwork. Looking at class presentations shows heightened conformity and a great degree of similarity across student artwork. Many seem too perfect to be a typical third-grader’s. Children seem a bit embarrassed by their work, and more concerned with approval than enjoyment of the process. Unless parents and teachers step in, children will continue to lose their inborn creative spark.
So what can parents do to nurture creativity into adulthood? Here are four strategies:
Teaching children to ask questions is essential towards their creative development. Art should be a place where children can learn, explore and create without right or wrong answers. By nurturing creativity we develop future innovators. So don’t be afraid to teach children to color outside the lines.
Madcap Logic, LLC was founded in 2003 by former animators from The Walt Disney Company with a vision to re-define Art Education. Collaborating with professional educators they produced Creativity Express, a multi-award winning online curriculum that meets the National Standards for the Visual Arts. Sixteen cross-curricular lessons teach the elements and principles of art, with an added focus on empowering kids' inner creativity, imagination and critical thinking skills.
Today, Madcap Logic is known for developing fun, innovative educational products that help kids achieve a new understanding of the visual world around them. Madcap Logic's App release "Start With Art!" contains the first four introductory lessons of Creativity Express, and is best suited for ages 7-97. "Start With Art!" has been accepted into the Google Play for Education Initiative. It is available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Madcap Logic's "Character Lab" App further showcases the company's artistic talents with an innovative approach to messaging. "Character Lab" allows for manipulation of characters, props and settings to create unique images that tell visually comic stories. Character Lab is available in the App Store.