Clay Modelling and the Benefits of Art

Modeling ClaySince he was younger, Aristotle has enjoyed playing with Play Doh. He’s also enjoyed watching my SIL create novelty cakes with royal icing. So when he wanted to take clay modelling classes, I agreed.

Although colourful like Play Doh, the properties of modelling clay is somewhat different. For one, it’s firmer which makes it easier for your child to to sculpt and shape his creative masterpieces.

Alex Modeling Clay is a great way for young artists to create colorful, 3D models. The soft clay is non-toxic and easy for little hands to shape. It will never dry out, harden, shrink, or change shape so it can be used over and over again. No matter how you choose to shape it, our colorful clay will provide endless hours of creative fun! Conforms to ASTM D4236. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Some clay models that Aristotle made in class:

Aristotle's Art

The Benefits of Art

I have written previously about the benefits of art classes before, but here are more benefits on why children should get into it:

  • It encourages creativity
  • It helps to develop visualisation and interpretative skills
  • It allows children an avenue for self-expression
  • It teaches children that there is more than one right answer (multiple points of view)
  • It helps to build confidence because there is no “right answer” in art so children can feel pride in their artistic creations
  • It helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills (playing with play doh is also recommended as a pre-cursor for handwriting)
  • It trains concentration skills

It has been claimed that the arts also have a beneficial impact on school and academic performance but the results from the studies are controversial. However, it is clear that for children who are struggling academically, art classes may provide an opportunity for those children to shine and feel pride in their abilities. It cannot be denied that if it helps a child develop confidence, it has to be good.

Childhood Creativity Leads to Innovation in Adulthood

Psychology Today cites various studies and findings from researchers on early participation in arts and craft (includes music and creative writing):

  • childhood participation in arts and crafts leads to innovation
  • people who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public
  • If you look at the mavericks of science and technology you will see a pattern of creative outlets being a key to their childhood
  • Creative activity in childhood rewires your brain to think out-of-the-box

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