Art not Craft

One of our morning camp blocks includes a trip to Creation Station. We refer to this time as Art…not Craft. We believe these are two very different types of activities. At Action Kids, Art is about exploring artistic methods. Art is NOT about making an identical product to the camper sitting next to you. This is why, during Creation Station time, you can find our campers on the back field, splatter painting to music.

Our Afternoon Activity Clubs also provide our campers with another artistic opportunity.   Theme based group creative activities will capture the imagination of all participants

Why is art so important?  Why do we include it in our curriculum?
Motor Skills Development
: Many of the skills required for creating art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children.

Language Development: How often do we pick our kids up at school and they spend the whole ride home, telling you about the cool project they did at school that day.  Creating artistic projects promotes a feeling of pride in children and a desire to communicate that excitement to those around them.   For young children, creating projects provides opportunities for learning……. colors, shapes and actions. By elementary school, students can use descriptive words to discuss their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork.

Better Decision Making: Art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life.

Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills.

Inventiveness: Art is a way to encourage kids to express themselves and take risks.  “What will happen if I paint my cow red?”  “Should I use a circle when everyone else thinks I should use a square?”  Art offers children an opportunity to “think outside the box” a skill that will serve them well in adulthood.

The list is endless as to how art benefits our campers. We have chosen just a few to highlight.