A Must in the Business World
by Alberta Johnson
Over and over, research shows that kids who receive art lessons while they are young become more imaginative and creative adults. As you may know, creativity is an essential part of intelligence, and is often used as a gauge for measuring IQ.
With increasing demands being placed upon schools, teachers, and youth groups to educate our kids in the three R’s, education in the arts has begun to suffer in many areas of the country in favor of the “more important” or “more practical” subjects.
What people need to understand is that art education in schools IS important, and in fact essential to form well-rounded adults. In the business world, for example, people who are creative are much more likely to find success. Creativity allows for innovation, a vital characteristic in today’s business executive. To stay ahead of the game, for example, a business must be able to initiate and adapt to change. Both of these things are impossible without creativity, which is best learned at an early age.
Any successful business starts with an idea, and a good idea is innovative, different, and creative. It speaks to a certain audience and makes people stand up and take notice. If you lack the creativity to come up with such an idea, you’re not likely to do very well.
Now, consider some of the most memorable marketing campaigns in recent history. What do they all have in common? Creativity; creativity that must be instilled at an early age, and is most effectively taught in school.
Art lessons are very time consuming to prepare, and many teachers feel that they lack the artistic ability or creativity to teach art. The reality is however, that they really don’t need to be creative geniuses themselves to teach art in their classrooms.
Educators who feel that help is needed can turn to plenty of outside sources for aid. By doing just a little bit of homework themselves, teachers and parents can find people, groups, and even companies who are ready and willing to come to the rescue. Taking advantage of this help can save hours of time and energy, and provide a much-needed educational benefit.
Alberta Johnson is the Editor/Publisher of “K-6 Art Lesson Plans”, a web site that offers weekly art lessons geared towards Kindergarten through 6th grade children. These lesson plans have goals, objectives, assessments, and color photos. Children have great fun with them, and parents, teachers, scout/club leaders love them, too. Consultations are also available. For more information visit K6ArtLessonPlans.com