Basically, art is a game that gives pleasure inner (spiritual), both for the work of art as well as for those who enjoy it (Rohidi, 1985:8). Art with a variety of uniqueness is often compared with a beginning, and both are highly related activities (Ross, 1978). At the age of 5-12 years of reasoning is very excited to work of art, because art play activities provide flexibility and freedom for children to express feelings or expression. When reasoning rose, art should be prepared to give way for him to be received as his favorite activities (Read, 1970:283). Hence used as a media arts education, arts education and position as a field of study in public schools to be very useful. The importance of art education for young children, namely: (1) Improve brain development in children.
Brain growth occurs when children aged 0-12 years. This makes the provision of nutrition and stimulation for brain development is still needed, even after the age of 12 years. The need to form left and right brain development in a balanced manner intended to produce an optimal intelligence. To better understand, why art education is very important for brain development of children, the following is displayed each function of the left and right brain. Left brain function for children's development: - Controlling the motion capabilities and functions of the right body - Controls the ability to speak and write - Controlling the language skills and pronunciation - Controls the ability to analyze and penganmbilan decision - Set up logical thinking - Controlling the numeracy skills The function of the right brain for children's development: - Controlling the motion capabilities and functions of the left body - Controls the ability to think conceptually - Understand simple language or conversation kereatifitas - Set the musical ability and fisualisasi - Control of memory - Development of imagination and creativity for children Art education plays an important role for the development of the right hemisphere of the brain for children. Art education is education that is able to turn the expression of fantasy, coach dexterity think that accompanied the sharpness of appreciation of the natural surroundings and the environment where children are. (2) Develop a habit of children to express themselves.
Early childhood relished streak crossed out. Activities streak strike is part of motor development of children, so with the encouragement of teachers and the opportunities presented, the child will be motivated to make a picture. Drawing is one way children express thoughts or feelings. In other words, the picture is one of the ways children express themselves to others to be understandable and understood. (3) Develop the creative power of imagination of children.
Through art education activities, such as paint, make collages and so can develop a child's imagination kretivitas power. On learning of children coloring usually chat with friends. Their first conversation was mostly about the colors that they earn. While beresperimen by mixing the colors, the children were playing with a relaxed manner. Children's coloring and poured their imagination into the colors of their choosing. Bengitupun with a collage in which the children share their experiences in selecting and managing pieces of paper forms and then put it in a place they like, from the penglaman they can make their own decisions about the use of colors, sizes and shapes according to their imagination. Once the importance of art education for early childhood development, therefore, before deciding to perform an educator for early childhood education, they must first better understand the art of education.