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  • Writer's pictureRachel Vassanthan

10 Practices Where Art Meets Academics

Art is a wonderful tool for students to express themselves, develop their creativity, and learn new skills. It allows them to explore their imagination, develop their motor skills, and build their confidence.

At Astor International School, art is used in many different subjects. Here are some of the many ways that art benefits our students:

1. Self-Expression

Children, like adults, have emotions that are often difficult to express through words. Art provides a creative outlet for students to express their feelings and emotions in a safe and non-judgmental way. Whether it is painting, drawing or sculpture, students can use art to communicate their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Where art meets academics at Astor International School

2. Developing Creativity

Art stimulates a student’s imagination and encourages them to think creatively. When students are allowed to explore their creativity, they develop a sense of curiosity and are more likely to think outside the box. This kind of creative thinking can benefit students in all areas of their lives, including school and social interactions.

Where art meets academics at Astor International School

3. Building Fine Motor Skills

Art requires students to use their hands and fingers in new and challenging ways. Whether it is holding a paintbrush or manipulating clay, students develop fine motor skills as they create art. These skills are essential for tasks such as writing, typing, and playing musical instruments.

4. Boosting Confidence

When students create art, they experience a sense of accomplishment and pride. Creating something from scratch can be an empowering experience that boosts a student’s confidence and self-esteem. Even if a student’s artwork is not perfect, the process of creating it and seeing the finished product can give them a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

5. Improving Academic Performance

Studies have shown that students who participate in art programs often perform better in school. Creating art can help students develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking and focus. These skills are transferable to other academic subjects, which can lead to improved grades and academic performance.

6. Developing Social Skills

Art can be a collaborative activity that encourages students to work together and share materials. This type of teamwork at Astor helps students develop their social skills and teaches them how to communicate effectively. In addition, working on art projects together can create a sense of community and belonging among students.

7. Promoting Cultural Awareness

Art is an excellent way to introduce students to different cultures and traditions. Through art, students can learn about the customs, traditions, and beliefs of other people. Under their International Primary Curriculum (IPC), students learn about art in different cultural contexts. This exposure to diverse perspectives can help students develop empathy and respect for others.

8. Reducing Stress

Creating art can be a relaxing and therapeutic activity for students. It can provide an outlet for stress and anxiety and help students feel calm and centered. Art can also be used as a form of self-care, allowing students to take a break from the pressures of daily life and focus on their own needs.

9. Fostering Independence

Art allows students to explore their creativity and take ownership of their ideas. This can help them develop a sense of independence and autonomy. When students create art at Astor, they have control over the process and the outcome, which can be empowering and motivating.

10. Encouraging Lifelong Learning

When students develop a love for art, they are more likely to continue exploring their creativity throughout their lives. Art can inspire a lifelong love of learning and a sense of curiosity about the world.

Art is a valuable tool for students to express themselves, develop their creativity, and learn new skills. Students at Astor International School are benefiting from the many advantages of art, whether they are naturally creative or not. We encourage students to explore their creativity as it can help them become well-rounded and confident.

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