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In this article, the writer discusses that just like language, art is a learned skill, even though the impulse to create may be innate. The writer maintains that understanding the process of artistic development at a young age, and how preschool artistic skills develop into later artistic processes and creative abilities is essential to improve arts education, and the usefulness of the skills learned in creative arts are vital to justify the continued importance of artistic education within the school system. The writer discusses that children's artistic development, much like children's moral development and understanding of the conservation of matter is thought to proceed through four stages, moving towards a clearer and more concrete approximation of reality. The writer looks at these four stages and concludes that art teaches students motor skills, about space and depth, about using the world around them in a creative fashion, and helps them see things anew, as well as sharpens their realistic observational skills.
From the Paper:"The goal of art education is for preschoolers to retain their unselfconscious love of the artistic process while still building upon improved motor, cognitive, and recognition skills. Yet despite the fact that individual's artistic 'careers' often do not carry on past the school-age phase of realism, unlike writing, for preschoolers, using art is often much more effective to deal with and discuss powerful emotions than mere words, suggesting that graphic art has a unique use and value within the educational system that cannot be dismissed. For example, in dealing with traumatized victims of Hurricane Katrina, art therapy was found to be particularly useful in helping the children become more open abut their experiences."
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