A recent study by a couple of American professors, Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland discovers that Art education can improve academic performance of a kid.
But will simply hanging art prints in classrooms help? Does that make any difference at all?
Well, the answer is yes, it does. To understand more about the benefits of using art prints in schools, keep reading.
Introduces Different Cultures around the World
Different traditions and cultures have always influenced art painting. The difference can be noted in the way subjects of different paintings dress, dance and even stare. For instance, take ‘Mona Lisa’ by Da Vinci and ‘The Maharashtrian Lady’ by Raja Ravi Varma. Now, if you hang these two paintings in a classroom, students will get to know the sea of differences between the traditions of the two countries, India and Italy.
This is an easy way to introduce kids to different cultures around the world. If you want the kids to learn more about Chinese culture, hang a couple of Chinese paintings in the classroom. Believe it; students will be more curious to grasp information from these paintings than from the textbooks!
Helps Students to Observe, Interpret and Analyze
It’s true that art paintings help students to understand different cultures. But how does it help to improve his academic abilities? Here is how. Paintings make kids more observant and improve their analytical skills. Some or most art of the paintings demand a curious eye and mind to understand its meaning. For a couple of times, they might need some help to break down the riddle of colors. But, sooner or later, they will master the art of reading art. This is how they learn to observe, interpret and analyze any issue in life. This will also make them better at academic subjects.
Improves Creativity and Open Mindedness
As a student, it is important to have a creative and receptive mind. Not too surprisingly, art paintings can help in this cause. Most art paintings are results of an unconventional and unorthodox thinking. Paintings like these will encourage kids to think outside the box and to keep an open mind for accepting new ideas. At times, the painting might implicate something entirely different as to what we see. When a kid gets to know this implied meaning, he or she will try to think different. And, to be fair, it is this difference in thinking that we call creativity!
Stimulates Brain Development
There are very few things tend to grow with repeated use. In fact, most things get tainted and tarnished with repeated use. However, when it comes to human brains, the more you use it, the sharper it will get. Every kid will start to look at art paintings with extreme adoration and great curiosity. Their brain will travel miles to understand the real meaning behind the painting. Curiosity will force them to think like Sherlock Holmes and this will stimulate the development of brain. Eventually, this will prove helpful in his studies and future life.
Helps Child Play at Art
When you are talking about art prints in school, you are talking about kids. And when you talk about kids, you can hardly keep fun away from the canvas! Hanging art paintings in classroom will encourage the kids to have some fun. They can draw their own versions of that painting. Take the example of Mona Lisa. You will find several different avatars of this smiling beauty on the internet. Likewise, the kids will have some fun time creating their own versions of Mona Lisa!
Who would have thought art prints can have this much benefits, if used in schools! Is there any better academic subjects that can improve a student’s analytical skills and make him open-minded? I don’t think so. So, if you do not have an art print in your classroom, get one today and hang it on the wall.
Now it is your turn. Did you find this article helpful? Do you use art paintings in your school? Please let us know your thoughts.