At Shelanti Remedial School, we embrace all the artistic talents that our learners possess. These talents are expressed through Visual Art, Drumming, Vocal Group as well as Performing Arts. Learners work all year round on their magnificent artworks as well as exercising their performance skills that will ultimately culminate in our annual, end of year, Art Exhibition!
Art is important because it encompasses all the developmental domains in child development. Art lends itself to physical development and the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills. For instance, when kids work with play dough, they fine-tune their muscle control in their fingers. All manipulative movements involved in art help develop hand and finger muscles that are needed to properly hold and use a pencil.
Art activities also help children’s social and emotional development.
Children learn about themselves and others through art activities. It really helps them build self-esteem. It’s an opportunity for children to make a personal statement about their uniqueness through art while allowing them to express happiness, joy, and pride.
Art also enhances children’s cognitive development which can help kids with their early math skills.
Children who have experienced a wide range of people and places will have an array of ideas to choose from when doing art. Art reflects what a child knows about the world and enables the child to choose how to translate those ideas and experiences.
Finally, art is important because it allows children to be creative.
Each piece of clay manipulated or each easel painting is individual and original to each child in your program. Art is open-ended and all work can be honored.
Why does Shelanti place so much emphasis on creative thoughts and actions?
Considering that art was there from human existence, before writing or books, we use art to tell our life story. It is the essence of life. It documents our culture. We express our thoughts and feelings through art. Art is a universal language. It builds bridges between divides.
It is well documented that schools which offer art create well-rounded students. At Shelanti we pride ourselves in fostering right brain learners: the out of the box thinkers; those learners who can see the bigger picture- the whole picture. Art is one of the mediums we use to nurture creative thinking. Curiosity and imagination are viewed as two of the 7 essential skills a child should develop at school in order to succeed in the future. Shelanti therefore regards art is non-negotiable.