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Art is essential in expanding the horizons of children beyond everyday life. Children that are exposed to art early, are known to do better and go further in life as art creates an inner connection within the child to its outer environment.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Unlocking the ocean of creativity within a child

File:Finger painting 01553.JPGWe offer individualized classes for any special needs and also for the kids with special needs.
Children freely express their feelings through art. They are full of emotions,wanting to explore the world around.  As an art teacher and an artist I see the value of art in every day life, more so with the children with special needs.

Children having problems with speech, language and motor skills struggle with verbalizing and expressing what they feel and need. This could be frustrating for the children, upsetting and challenging for their parents and educators. Art benefits cognitive and physical development, strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, develops a sense of goal-setting and nurtures social skills that are critical and important. (A study by the nonprofit organization Americans for the Arts).

Needless to say, art is crucial for kids with special needs. Artistic activities directly help exercising and strengthening the cognitive and physical skills that mostly challenge special needs children, such as oral, tactile, visual, sensory and motor skills.

The special needs and emotionally disturbed children mostly have issues with appropriate self-expression. some times they lack the self-confidence, social skills and verbal capabilities to appropriately express themselves. Couple this with learning disabilities, behaviors that are not age appropriate and problems developing and maintaining relationships, and you have a syndrome mix that can cause children to fail academically.

Surely art is one amazing subject, at school and home, in which children with special needs can succeed. Along with being a catalyst for skill development, art teaches life lessons through a therapeutic method. One lesson is the power of planning.

For special needs students, the planning that drives the artistic process becomes more important and enjoyable than the finished work. The challenge is to emphasize the process and eliminate feelings of failure when finished works don’t live up to students’ intentions.

I like to teach children to appreciate whatever direction their art takes them giving them ample freedom for self expression. Many a times things end up differently from what they set out to accomplish. This is valid for typical children as well as special needs children. Developing plans, following steps, adjusting a course of action as the plan plays out, accepting results, finding insight through failure, these are some of the universal life lessons that naturally arise in arts education.

Indeed, this approach helps children realize that, with art as in life, there are no failing grades. Regardless of children’s developmental, physical, behavioral or emotional issues, their artwork should be measured for its therapeutic and aesthetic values.

Art is simply created, shared and appreciated. Embracing children’s work is an essential part of art education for children with special needs. Showcasing their work by displaying their creations around the house could give children a sense of pride and accomplishment, builds a “can-do” attitude and enhances feelings of self-worth.

Art House for Kids at Lakeshore/Clarkson, Mississauga, Call 905 819 8142


Art House for Kids at Lakeshore/Clarkson, Mississauga, Call 905 819 8142

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Painting Sunflowers Simple and Fun

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Art Lessons for Kids: Van Gogh Sunflowers pt 2

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Art Lessons for Kids: Chalk Pastel Mountains

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Friday, April 1, 2016

How Creativity Improves Your Memory - Caregiver Relief - Caregiver Relief

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Art Lesson Plans : How Creativity Improves Your Memory


artist paintingAlzheimer’s disease can affect any of us in our old age, but doing creative things like creative art lesson plans can help to offset the symptoms of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease and there has been no cure discovered for it yet. This means that it is incredibly important to find ways to help sufferers cope and delay further symptoms.
There is also no known cause of Alzheimer’s, but it has been shown that doing new activities such as learning a new hobby can help promote neural pathway health and growth, both of which are lost as the disease progresses.
Changing Routines
As we get older, we tend to stick to the same behavior patterns that we’ve learned over the course of our lives. The massive amount of learning we undertake as children, both academic and social, sets the neural pathways for our later lives. While the research into the causes of Alzheimer’s is limited, it is suggested that it can stem from a lack of neural stimulation. Out of all of the psychological therapies available, any that require someone to change their day to day routine are shown to help with both mood and brain function.

active-agingActivities for Seniors That are Creative Projects

Learning something new like art lesson plans helps to create new neural pathways, which in turn helps to revitalize and regenerate some of the older ones. Art in particular triggers a whole range of different brain functions:
  • Visual awareness – the act of transferring the 3D world to a 2D medium requires a lot of thought processes, from how to convert scale to conveying foreground and background
  • Color definition – by asking the brain to identify and use the colors of nature, art lesson plans keep the brain’s palette open. It can also help to maintain accurate vision for longer.
  • Hand-eye co-ordination – one of the first things to go with Alzheimer’s disease is the connection between mind and body, and many older people with the disease will not be able to take part in physical activities that will help keep that connection. Painting helps to maintain and improve fine motor control, especially on fine detailed pictures.

One of the other side benefits of taking an art class is that it helps people to make friends and maintain their social skills. The class will give them something new to learn and to practice, but it will also provide a circle of like minded people with whom to discuss their new hobby and compare their work. Simple conversations can be a great way to improve function due to the somewhat unpredictable nature of human relationships and language.
Find the right art lesson plans to suit your needs. Get in touch with your local community college.010-256x300Many colleges offer noncredit courses for extended learning to enrich lives. If committing to a scheduled class does not appeal to you look into downloading complete lessons onto your own computer. I recently purchased and reviewed “I Am Painting” course. The instructions for acrylic painting are very clear and lots of pictures are supplied for the visual learner.
While Alzheimer’s disease prevention may be the goal, relaxation and a sense of accomplishment will be additional benefits. A second career or a way to make added income is not out of the question either.

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