3. PROBLEM SOLVING
Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. The arts teaches children to approach problems as exciting opportunities to challenge their skills and creativity. Art is a powerful avenue to work through problems that may occur in life. It allows children to imagine possible solutions and test them out on their peers. This is a valuable exercise that will help develop important problem solving skills necessary for success in any career.
DEVELOPING PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
HOW WILL YOU KNOW?
• They approach a problem as an exciting challenge
• They analyze a problem by asking relevant questions
• They are able to make complex choices by weighing possible solutions in light of the context
• They are open to trying multiple ideas until a solution is found