Can you pinpoint the moment when you knew you belonged in the realm of art? Perhaps you found solace in a nearby sculpture park, spent weekends at the museum with a beloved relative, or crafted with googly eyes and glue sticks.
Today’s children will become tomorrow’s artists, museum curators, and collectors. We must do what we can to help kids become curious about the arts and find their way into the field.
Keeping this in mind, we devised several strategies to encourage youngsters’ inventiveness and foster a lifelong love of the arts.
Just let them daydream for a while
Do you remember how your art teacher would present a new assignment and then spend the better part of the period describing the steps involved? Allow your children to experiment with whatever new hobby you expose them to as soon as possible. Although it’s crucial to provide young children with instructions and supervision, they learn more through experimentation and exploration than rote repetition. Please give them a head start with some suggestions and resources, then step back.
Please bring them to museums and be prepared to exercise patience.
Children can learn much about art at museums, but parents shouldn’t force their children to see everything. Allow children to discover things at their rate. Engage them in conversation about the works that pique their attention by asking them questions.
Oren Miller of the Huffington Post came up with a fantastic idea for a museum activity, and we can’t get enough of it either. Start your museum visit at the gift store and let the kids pick out a postcard with one of the works on display that particularly struck them. Then you should try to track it down! The experience of discovering art becomes more meaningful and thrilling when the individual can take something home with them.
Obtain an Abundance of Art Materials
Children have long been recognised as the undisputed experts in the field of found-object art, able to transform virtually any object into something truly unique. Make sure they have supplies such as paint, paper, and glue. Kid-friendly art galleries and museums can be created with little more than some cardboard boxes and some markers. It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for unique supplies and stock up on things that can be used in more than one creative endeavour.
Build Sculptures from Existing Public Art
One of the best ways to teach children the value of art in their lives and how it will last forever is through sculpture. That’s why it’s common practice for public parks to position murals and sculptures close to playing areas. Please make an effort to check out these setups and get their feedback.
In addition, you can pose more detailed queries and have them incorporate the resulting insights into their work. Inquire what they enjoy about the sculpture and what they think may be improved upon. Then, send them home with kid-friendly materials like Sculpey or Play-Doh to explore their interests. Sharing your thoughts and feelings about the artwork will encourage your children to do the same.
Allowing children to interact with works of art tangibly gives them the freedom to explore and develop their creative potential.
Give it some Meaning. They’ll Understand
The world of art can sometimes seem intimidating to young eyes. So, connecting it to an interest of theirs is an effective strategy for gaining their attention. Lego creations by Andy Bauch are beautiful works of art that people of all ages may enjoy. Which Minecraft and My Little Pony do they prefer? If you propose a project that involves something they’re passionate about, they’ll jump right in.
Get started on an art project as a team. If you’re working on a project with them that you know they’ll enjoy but is a little over their skill level, take care of the complicated assembling and have them handle the more enjoyable phases and decoration. If you want to boost their self-assurance, take the time to recognise and praise their individual contributions to the team’s work. Then put on a joint exhibition!
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