Social Skills Art Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Art can be a great medium for promoting children's social skills. The activities in this lesson offer you some ideas for utilizing art to help children better understand themselves and each other.

Why Use Art for Social Skills?

As an art teacher or a teacher who incorporates art into your classes, you probably know that children get a lot out of engaging with creative work. They can express their ideas and grow comfortable and confident with a wide variety of materials and modes of expression. You may also know that art can be therapeutic for many children, helping with stress relief and the management of difficult emotions. Moreover, if used properly, art can be incredibly useful in promoting social skills, or strategies for engaging with other people in meaningful and productive ways. Children often feel excited and free when doing art, and this allows them to access what is best in themselves and develop empathy for other people. The art activities in this lesson are designed to help students promote social skills, and they can be modified to meet the needs of different ages and skill levels.

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