Art is such a subtle and beautiful way to reach children. Studies show that engaging in art – dance, music, drawing, painting, writing, gardening or other art forms – can have significant impacts on childhood mental and emotional development. Art offers children a way to express their feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and memories in ways that words cannot. Non-verbal communication can help children work through traumatic experiences by use of symbols, scenes, and images.
Creative expression can also enhance problem-solving and critical thinking skills, promote creativity and imagination. All are important aspects of child socialization and development that can help children develop resiliency and regain self-esteem, giving them a chance for a better future. It is important to note that no matter the setting or medium, we see art as a tool for restoring self-esteem, self-love, self-compassion and self-forgiveness. Rather than teaching children to produce technically sound art pieces, we encourage them to use art as a process of self-discovery, not as a means to an end “product”.