The role that fine arts play in the classroom has long been debated by educators across the nation. While some feel that the emphasis placed on fine arts by teachers is counterproductive, others believe that the focus should be on integrating art into the curriculum so that it can be more beneficial and meaningful for children of all ages.
As a matter of fact, many teachers of elementary school age recognize the importance of incorporating fine arts into their curriculum. They recognize that art has the ability to bring about positive emotional changes in children who are already experiencing negative feelings such as anxiety or other types of problems. This means that while children who are suffering from depression or anxiety may enjoy painting, drawing, or any other form of art, they will also benefit from being taught that it can be a way to deal with these conditions. Children who are dealing with other negative emotions, such as anger or depression, may also benefit from art therapy programs which focus on the connection between emotions and the art itself.
While it may seem impossible to integrate art into the curriculum of a classroom that focuses on science, history, or English, it is possible to integrate art into these areas as well. If you are having a problem with students not paying attention to the teacher or being easily distracted by external stimuli, you can use art therapy programs to help them develop the skills they need to pay attention in these subjects.
Art therapy programs for children may involve a variety of art activities such as reading stories, playing musical instruments, doing arts and crafts, or simply watching movies in front of the television. In many cases, the children will be given an activity sheet and asked to work together with one another as a group to create a piece of art.
The results of these sessions with art therapy for children can be profound because children learn how to focus and take care of their thoughts and emotions so that they can develop better listening skills, critical thinking, and even communication skills. These skills can then be applied to a wide range of subjects including mathematics, reading, writing, and science.
Although there is not one specific piece of art that can replace fine art, many fine art paintings and sculptures are often incorporated into these types of art therapy sessions. For example, if children are having trouble listening to their teachers or are easily distracted by other distractions such as television or the environment they are learning in the classroom, the addition of art therapy to their education can help to foster good listening skills, enhance their critical thinking skills, and develop their ability to listen and think outside of their comfort zone.
There are some schools that have added art therapy programs as a supplement to their traditional curriculum while others have replaced their art therapy programs with an integral part of the curriculum. Depending on your individual needs, you will need to decide whether or not the benefits of art therapy in the classroom are worth the investment. If you find that the benefits of art therapy do not outweigh the additional costs of purchasing art supplies or materials, it may be in your best interest to consider using a different form of art therapy, such as aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy provides calming and soothing benefits, such as relaxation and can be used for many disorders, such as anxiety, depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, insomnia, and tension. Using aromatherapy to combat these and other mental or behavioral problems in children can provide long-term solutions to the problems you are attempting to remedy.