Arts education in London Bridge Kids Centre includes the visual and performing arts. Visual arts involve creation of art objects, such as paintings, sculptures and crafts. In performing arts children will learn to sing, dance, act, imagine a story, write a script, design costumes, create scenography and much more.
Children explore their creativity under the supervision of enthusiastic, loving, experienced and highly qualified professionals, who through carefully constructed programmes for every age group, encourage and advance the development of new skills and knowledge. At the centre of our programme’s philosophy is the opportunity for children to lead the creative process with their peers and to understand and think about their roles as creative individuals. At London Bridge Kids Centre, we believe that art is essential to every child’s education.
Experiencing art benefits children in their intellectual, personal, and social development. Research studies point to strong relationships between learning in the arts and fundamental cognitive skills and capacities used to master other core subjects, including reading, writing, and mathematics. Research also indicates that children become more responsible for their own learning, and critical thinking skills are promoted. Arts education plays an essential role in improving mental approach and character building. There are also significant spiritual and psychological benefits for the children, such as self-esteem, self-discipline, and fulfillment.
Educators tell us that art encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities and that it can be used effectively to teach and understand other key subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science.Therapists tell us that art is valuable because it allows children to process their world, to deal with sometimes scary emotions in a safe way, and because it gives them critical sensory input. Artists tell us that art is important for its own sake—as a source of beauty and expression, as well as simply for the process of creating. Kids tell us that art is fun, an activity they enjoy. Parents tell us that art is vital to their families because it keeps everyone engaged and happy and helps with the sometimes difficult transitions of the day.
Art is naturally linked to creativity, an attribute that is increasingly being touted as one of the most important factors for the success of individuals, organizations, and cultures.
In London Bridge we beleive that art is vital, if somewhat intangible, and that if children engage in hands-on art activities, they learn much better in all disciplines. We incorporate arts and crafts in our daily activities and use it as one of the main tools for supporting the development of children of all ages: fine motoric skills, language development, academic skills, creativity, decision making and critical thinking