Art and Design Education: Give Your Kids a Creative Advantage
Elmhurst, IL February 5, 2013. How many times have you heard the phrases, “creative thinking”, and “think outside the box” in recent years? Besides being fun catch phrases, these words indicate a growing acceptance for creativity as a positive attribute in our society.
Jeanette Nyberg, an art-educated mom in suburban Chicago, has launched a website, Artchoo.com, dedicated to promoting art and design for kids. As art begins a (very slow) ascent back into the favor of Americans, more studies are surfacing to prove the importance of creativity to a child’s future.
Ms. Nyberg began the site in response to the lack of education kids are receiving in public schools, “My kids aren’t getting much art time in school, but I’ve heard from some parents whose kids are getting zero. That’s tragic.”
Artchoo.com focuses not only on providing tips and resources, but really exploring the way art education is important to the future of our children. In any given week, posts on the site cover everything from art projects for all ages of kids to unique public spaces for kids to artist features to creative gift ideas.
“I think many parents are intimidated to go beyond crayons and markers at home because they don’t know what materials to buy (http://artchoo.com/
Ms. Nyberg graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and spent some time as an exhibiting painter, but feels that art and design education benefits everyone. Businesses are embracing creative thinking and innovation as sought-after skills in employees, and many kids aren’t exposed to this way of thinking in their schooling.
While there are a number of sites that are dedicated to providing art projects for children, Artchoo.com takes a more comprehensive approach that appeals to parents who are interested in the idea of raising generally creative kids.
Some examples of Artchoo’s most popular posts are as follows:
Sharpie Shoes (http://artchoo.com/
Sketchbook Cover Ideas (http://artchoo.com/
Kids Learn Installation Art- Andy Goldsworthy http://artchoo.com/
If you are in the Chicago area, Artchoo.com maintains a comprehensive list of the area’s art classes here: http://artchoo.com/
Chicago Area Kids’ Art Classes (http://artchoo.com/
Follow Artchoo here:
Artchoo Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/
Artchoo Pinterest Page (https://pinterest.com/
Artchoo on Twitter (https://twitter.com/