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Source: The Atlantic

New research suggests that the amount of time children spend with art in school is decreasing. In addition, the quality and complexity of children’s artwork has “declined” over the last two decades, the study suggests.

The impact of art in early childhood development is particularly important as research has discovered links between drawing and children’s abilities in developing language and in reading.  Art gives children the ability to express their thoughts and feelings through a different medium, other than language, especially when they’re young.

“Drawing also helps prepare children for success in other subject areas, including explaining and communicating mathematical reasoning, which assists in their comprehension and communication of math concepts,” wrote The Atlantic.

Art also has an impact on a child’s social development, “especially for those who are disadvantaged.”

The study collected data on the role of arts education in drawing, music, theater and dance, but found that a lack of education in drawing and music could have long-term impacts on language development, reflective thinking, visual mapping and communication.

Read full story at: The Atlantic


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The Language of Art is Becoming Absent in Children’s Lives