I know firsthand how art lessons can have a positive and lasting impact. As a teenager I gave art lessons to neighborhood children and I continued my love for teaching art to children as a professional artist. Several years later, I encountered one of those students when she was in college. She confided that she was a rebellious child and in my art classes she felt calmer, learned “how to see”, solve problems from different angles, and increase her aptitude to excel in other subjects.
Artists, scientists and educators are joining forces to interpret and apply our ever-expanding knowledge about how the creative arts impact the brain. This type of synergy brings hope to our youth.