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In 2012 the Australian Bureau released statistics about the participation of Australian children in various activities. Shockingly only 7.9% of South Australian children aged 5-14 years old were last year involved in an arts or craft activity. Art lessons are the perfect educational substitute for TV and computer games, providing fun learning experiences for children that help to foster their creativity, planning skills and self expression.

In fact involvement in the Arts provides children with a host of important strengths that will grow their talents and abilities and teach them valuable life skills. Studies have proven Art lessons:

  • Play a central role in cognitive, motor, language and social-emotional development
  • Build social skills including cooperation and team work, and a broad appreciation for cultural and individual differences
  • Assist children develop life skills such as articulating a vision, self esteem and confidence and self discipline
  • Provide children with opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking skills adding to academic achievement in the school environment
  • Develop children's cognitive abilities and refines their imagination and creative skills
  • Help level the 'learning fields' across socio economic groups
  • Encourage the development of skills in goal setting skills and quality task performance and provides children with a sense of achievement
Children who participate in the arts each week through at least one full year build their overall academic performance.
They are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement
  • 4 times more likely to participate in maths and sciences activities
  • 3 times more likely to be commended for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
Source "Living the Arts through Language and Learning: A Report on Community-based youth organization", Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts monograph, November 1998.

It is well recognized by Child Development Specialists that children promote and enhance their development through play. Participation in the Arts is the most natural way of promoting learning through play. We specialize in providing opportunities for such exploration and growth.