Art and creativity were practiced since the beginning of humanity. Man has relied on creativity to satisfy his curiosity and drive for evolution. From the caveman, we admire art symbols as the first attempt at communication and self-expression. Moving through time, great scientists/inventors such as Leonardo Davinci, who dissected corpses and developed flying machines, Samuel Morse invented the Morse code, Alred Copley, researched the flow properties of blood, these artist/scientists among many others, have two things in common, passion for details, and abundant creativity. Why is art so important? In order to understand and appreciate the value of visual art and the creative process, It is important to differentiate what visual art is and what isn’t. Visual Art is the process in which we can arrange elements and apply materials in a skillful manner that requires intuition, imagination, and the rich resources of the senses. It integrates the vital dimension of the right-brain. This process is inspired by personal emotions or the need of expressing ideas in a nonverbal manner. Art is not, following a step by step process to replicate an example piece or prototype. The value of the art experience lays on the proper process of creating, this process involves critical thinking, risk-taking, problem-solving, and imagination. At Hands on Art, our goal is not to influence our students to become an artist but to become confident creators in any aspect of their life. No matter what career path our students choose to follow, in today’s changing world, having knowledge is no longer enough. One also needs creativity and confidence. How is Hands on Art different from other art programs? In most schools and other art programs, you will find step by step instruction to create a prototype project, this process not only affects creativity and independence but also impairs a child’s approach to originality, style, and innovative thinking. Most children who are not exceptional at art from a young age abandon the interest of creating art on their own by the age of 9, this is a result of their inability to create a quality art piece without instructions and also due to the misconception that the only valuable form of art is a realistic form. It’s sad to find those students later in life referring to their art abilities as inadequate or as typically verbally described; “I am not good at art” or “I can’t even draw stick figures”. The opposite is true to these statements, we all have the ability to create, to give a simple example, we all stroke with a paint brush or graphite pencil in a really individual way. Such was the case of Vincent VanGogh, who nowadays we are more appreciative of his valuable contribution to his art tendency, expressionism. Shouldn’t we give ART a chance? but wait a second, there is another element that was also lost in those first years of art experience, confidence in creating! After years of research, Hands on Art’s teaching approach was established with the goal of building confident creators. It’s unique teaching approach allows our instructors to facilitate, execute and generate the same results in every lesson. This system is based on 4 important steps; Inspire, Demonstrate, Facilitate and Seal the Learning. The Hands on Art teaching approach main focus is to preserve children’s creativity and to create awareness of the different elements that are part of the process of creating like; Inspiration: At the beginning of each project children are inspired through questions that will tap into memories, feelings, and emotions, stories or famous artists in order to originate new ideas. Problem-Solving: Children are encouraged to look for different solutions to difficulties during the process of creating. Independence: Children are allowed to explore different ways of creating. After the inspiration and demonstration process, we open up for exploration of materials, choice of materials, color, etc. Risk-Taking: Children are encouraged to take a risk when they want to explore different ways on the application and building of projects, a discussion of possible outcomes generally takes place to prepare the student for the exploration of new ways and possible failure. After all, Hands on Art is the safest place for children to make mistakes and learn from them. And what about if the results are a complete success! Innovative thinking: Kids are encouraged to apply materials in different ways, often times we get really surprised of new ways we are introduced by our students. Effort. Through our approach children established the foundation of creating with confidence in knowing they have the control of the elements above. The greatest benefit of regular creative practices under the direction of a program like Hands on Art is the building of a foundation for confident creators. This valuable skill will support your child throughout their years of development and approach adulthood with a set of skills for success. After all, a creative Doctor, lawyer, architect, mother or father will have the confidence of creating not only art but problem-solving with creative thinking.