The benefits of drawing and any creative practice aids the young to develop their mind in many ways. Improvement in mental capacity includes better co-ordination, problem solving as well as simple development of the imagination.
Drawing also aids children in learning discipline and commitment to improving and getting better at whatever task they undertake. It also helps them commit to the creative art they want to pursue.
Drawing is particularly natural for children (and for all ages) and so it is ideal to encourage this when it is something the child does independently. That is, when you notice the child wants to enter into drawing regularly, encourage this behaviour through spoken words and actions.
Visual Arts in the School curriculum is a vital part of a child’s education.
I have outlined a few of the well-known benefits of drawing for children. These benefits also apply to anyone, no matter what age, who wants to draw and make art.
Benefits Of Drawing No 1: Encourages and Improves Mindfulness
Drawing of any sort taps into the right-brain, bringing calm to the mind, opening new perspectives for the participant, and enabling them to see solutions they have not seen before.
The act of drawing, or creating, can cultivate a calm heart rate, lead to a focused mental flow state and a pattern of steady breathing.
Mindfulness, or a calm mind focused on the present, contributes to good mental health in children.
Every act of drawing creates an element of mindfulness. This can help the adult or child to observe, with a sharp focus, the world around them and then bring a record of what they see into the drawing.
The regular practice of drawing helps the participant to not get distracted from the act of observing and creating.
Benefits Of Drawing No 2: Increases Brain Development
The benefits of drawing also include helping brain development.
The art of drawing develops different areas of the participants’ brain.
This happens more so in creative activities than non-creative activities.
The act of creativity develops the ability to pay attention and focus.
This in turn develops strategic thinking, which is an important skill that proves extremely useful, for both life and work.
Benefits Of Drawing No 3: Improves Fine Motor Skills
Holding and using drawing tools can be one of the best ways to help a child improve their fine motor skills.
The act of Drawing creates instant visual feedback, that reveals the changes and varied effects, depending on the tool used and how it is used.
This type of feedback helps a child, or adult, identify the best ways to produce a desired result in how they actually handle the tools.
Drawers learn to control their finger grips, and the required movements, to the create the ideas they are wanting to express. Creating drawings really develop more efficient hand movements.
Through these improvements of brain activity, the signals can be more effectively sent from the brain to the motor neurons, that deliver specific actions needed to perform specific actions.
As a result of this constant work, fine motor skills naturally increase.
As a consequence of these motor skills improving, there is an interesting side benefit that has been discovered. That is, the benefits of drawing for both younger children and the elderly, include the activation of the nervous system, which controls mobility.
Benefits Of Drawing No 4: Enhances Eye and Hand Coordination
Another one of the benefits of drawing is that the act of drawing develops and improves hand-eye coordination.
Hand – eye coordination is important in athletic and recreational situations and academic scenarios like penmanship.
And on a practical level it helps make everyday tasks a lot easier for children and others with coordination issues.
As well as improving fine motor skills, drawing helps the drawer be able to draw connections between what they see and do.
This is particularly developed when copying another image as an exercise.
As you can see, the benefits of drawing for children are incredible!
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