Art is Important in Child Development

In recent years, schools in the United States have shifted toward common core subjects of reading and math. Although some may believe art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the main building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics is now more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they become 21st century learners.  According to PBS, art builds fine motor skills, language development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, and cultural awareness.  More to the point, it improves academic performance in many students and builds confidence in other academic subjects.  Thanks to FES’s fine arts teacher, Kathleen Leonardi, our students are entrenched in artistic endeavors as seen throughout the hallways of the school. She has made art another academic subject among our students and faculty.