Just wanted to let you all know that the Barnes & Noble online resource, the "Kids' Expert Circle" at BN.com, has a new article up called Art vs. Crafts. I am one of their national contributors. We send in articles for the BN.com website for you to enjoy at no cost. I think this particular article is a good one to share with the parents of young children/elementary kids or to share with other teachers who are doing their own art projects in their classrooms without an art specialist. It helps to explain the difference between ART and CRAFTS (crafts being what a lot of people are calling "making stuff", artsy cutsies, crafties, etc.). If true art is to be important and respected, it needs to be called what is is ..."Art".
Hope you enjoy the article!
There are so many other articles there by other people, too!
My specific articles you can read and share are:
Art may seem like fun and games — and it is! — but you may not realize that your child is actually learnng a lot through exploring the arts and doing art activities.
Reading picture books can help a child become inspired to create art — a virtual springboard to art activities.
Want to introduce your child to the wondrous world of art and artists? Learn how to make their first museum trip something to remember, and ensure a visit that’s both fun and educational.
Although the terms are used interchangeably, art and crafts are very different activities with very different learning implications.