There's no lack of research on the benefits of the arts in education, including their vital role in today's high-tech world. The importance of art in schools is an especially hot topic today, when in-class opportunities are hard to come by.
That's why this year's Magic of Children team ran more than 40 art workshops in Collingwood and Clearview Township schools in the lead-up to the 2016 exhibition (March 4 through April 28 at Collingwood library). Teachers were especially appreciative. Here's just one example of a testimonial to one of the workshop leaders, who were all professional artists or art teachers.
"On behalf of my wonderful grade 5 students, thank you for coming in to our class to share your talent and expertise. We all enjoyed our time with you creating pieces of watercolor - your mentorship was inspiring to all. Once again, another amazing workshop provided by Magic of Children in the Arts!!!
Mountainview School, Michelle Fabian
Al Hearn, a Ph.D. in education involved with Magic of Children, itemizes the benefits this way:
• Development of motor skills through manipulating brushes and other tools
• Language development when describing the art they are seeing and creating
• Decision making when making the many choices it takes to create an art piece
• Visual learning which is important for the heavily graphic centered world and
• Improved academic performance in all subject areas because of developing creativity.
See a full gallery of the 1,001 art works submitted by K-to-8 children for the 2016 exhibition here.