Thursday, September 24, 2015

Top 5 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn Art

Photo Credit: Arts Umbrella

What is Creativity?

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke) or an original physical object (such as an invention, a literary work or a painting).

During the creative process, it encourages us being more brave, playing with ideas, keeping an open mind and making connections between unrelated objects.

Imagine how important these characters are nowadays, whether we are employees, managers, entrepreneurs, or freelancers.

"Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up" 
- Pablo Picasso
Unlike adults, children's imagination is infinite because they carry less or no social burdens. Therefore, creativity should be developed since childhood.  In fact, evidence also suggests that learning art will help children have positive experiences and good character traits:

  1. Appreciation: seeing the world from different perspectives
  2. Collaboration: developing ability to work with other individuals as a team who have different ideas 
  3. Alternative: self expressing using colors, diagrams, body language, and actions
  4. Concentration: staying focus and being in the moment of creating
  5. Initiative: developing good discipline and commitment, and willing to take more initiatives throughout the process of learning and practices
When it comes to high quality art programs for children, you can count on Arts Umbrella. This non profit organization is located in our beautiful Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Background of Arts Umbrella

It all started in 1979 with five, young parents whose own artistic backgrounds show how arts shape a life.

The first class was 45 eager students, and today, they program reach more than 21,500 children and youth every year. It amounts to 785 classes per year in four locations. And students range from preschoolers to pre-professionals.


Photo credit: Arts Umbrella

Their programs have been sharing creativity through the following well-rounded focuses:
  • Visual arts - e.g. Art Camps 
  • Music & theatre
  • Dance
  • Media arts
* Their funding comes from different sources such as events and exhibitions.

Events and Exhibitions

Other than regular programs, Arts Umbrella organizes different events to bring together artists and our community. Their current event, Splash + Pendulum Gallery Exhibition, is happening now:

Art Exhibit: Sept 21 - Oct 02, 2015
Art Auction - Splash: Oct 17, 2015

More about Splash:

Their Splash Event has been running as an art auction and fundraiser for 33 years! About 900 different artists have donated over those 33 years. This year we feature about 100 pieces ranging from paintings and photography to jewelry, carvings, ceramics, and furniture.  All proceeds from Splash help more than 21,000 local kids take part in high-quality arts programming each year. Splash also helps Arts Umbrella fund bursaries for struggling families, grant scholarships for talented students, and provide free programming so kids can overcome socio-economic barriers.

In the 33 years, the event has raised more than $4.7 million in net proceeds.

To preview the art for auction on Oct 17, please visit the Pendulum Gallery, a free exhibition until Oct 02.  


  1. Click HERE to preview the auction items online.
  2. First 10 people to share their favorite piece from the auction page on social media and tag #splash2015 will receive an Art Book from Art Umbrella (Applicable only within Canada)

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