5 Ways of Encouraging Your Kids to Take an Interest in Art
[Photo by Todd Sanders]
provides children with a medium through which they can explore and
respond to their world. Here are five ways to encourage your kids to
take an interest in art.
1. Art Exhibitions and Activities
your child to art exhibits can be a wonderful way to encourage an
appreciation for art. Many exhibitions, art fairs and museums have
special tours and activities that are particularly geared towards
activities are likely to encourage an engagement with art, allowing the
child to touch and to respond to what they're seeing. Pay attention to
what your child is particularly interested in and try to find relevant
your child shows a particular interest in art and in learning new
skills and techniques, then it could be time to enroll them in an
after-school art class.
2. Arty Television Programs and Books
Programs such as Art Attack (which
moved from ITV to the Disney Junior channel last year) are generally
very popular with children, encouraging them to develop their creativity
and teaching them different crafts. There are also a wide range of ‘how
to’ artistic books available for children. Buying your child books that
inspire and encourage creativity is a good way to not only help with
artistic techniques but also to learn how to use art for
3. Fun Art Materials
your child with a variety of fun art materials. Let them experiment
with paints, crayons, chalks and colored pencils. Painting by numbers
(with a picture relevant to the child's interests) can be a fun way to
encourage a child to start painting.
You don’t have to just stick to canvas or paper when painting; ceramic painting can be a great way to add color to household objects like mugs, bowls and pots.
4. Artistic Space
they've got the material to engage in art, children benefit from having
the space to create. That space could mean providing a specific area
(such as a table) where artistic activities can take place. It could
also involve exhibiting your child's creations somewhere where they are
likely to be seen and admired.
5. Be positive and encourage individuality!
your child to experiment, to make a mess and to enjoy the creative
process from start to finish. From the age of about five children can
become quite critical of their art. Encourage them to continue to try
out new ideas, but be careful not to criticize them yourself in the
they start to develop their own personal tastes, they may be different
from yours. Learn to appreciate and validate your child's tastes, rather
than impose your own. This in turn will encourage your child to
appreciate different artistic perspectives.
James Christie writes for Baker Ross who has a great range of art supplies for kids.
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