Child education these days leans heavily on the academics such as Math or Science. Schools have art classes but not enough for a child to explore his or her artistic side. Studying art entails a significant amount of creativity and time which some people regard art as a luxury. Fortunately, art can be learned not only in school but also at home. Using art to enhance your child’s life is something good to think about.
Also, it also can be done without too much expense. There are simple materials you can find at home that you and your child can practice your artistic talents on. Art education nowadays is not limited to paintings and sculptures anymore. It can be a lot of other things, as there are so much media to try at present.
Using Art to Enhance Your Child’s Life Early On
When my kids were younger, we had art projects at home from painting with watercolour to making colourful candle holders with window paint to number painting on canvas and even designing small stones. We surely had fun doing those projects, but in the long run those activities instilled in them the fun and learning experience in exploring different art media.
In summer, they attended art workshops offered by the city government in a bid to bring out such creative talents. The instructors made them use different media and gave them different projects to work on during the course of the workshops.
It was also a good time for them to learn and meet new like-minded kids, those who enjoy art.
My daughter later on proved to be leaning on this side of the creative sphere, much like her dad. Ten years later, she would be holding not just a paintbrush, she loved digital art, too, that one of her art designs was chosen on display at a district office (bottom photo).
Here are tips on using art to enhance your child’s life.
Expose your kid/s to different art materials
Making art involves many movements, for example doodling with a crayon or holding a paintbrush. These art activities not only introduce color to a child’s life. It also helps in the growth of his fine motor skills. At pre-school age, a child should be able to draw simple shapes and cut with scissors. Using scissors at an early age may also help enhance their writing skill.
Allow your child to be creative
Letting your child create things on his/her own teaches decision-making skills. Allowing your kid to experiment and try new ideas with art means you strengthen his critical-thinking. It also helps your kid develop problem-solving skills which he can eventually carry over when he becomes older.
Encourage visual learning
Young children are mostly visual. That is why at toddler age, allow them to draw, sculpt with clay or paint with brushes to develop their visual-spatial skills which they will not get from merely reading or solving math problems.
Children take in a lot of visual information from the things around them before they can read. Encouraging children to dabble in art activities which can improve their visual skills teaches them how to interpret what they see and teach them how to make choices of their own depending on the information that they see.
Inspire freedom of expression
If you encourage your child to be inventive in his art and express himself, you are nurturing a young person who is not afraid to take risks. You are developing your child to become a person who not only follows directions. You also teach your child to be someone who seeks new ways and improvements.
Teach diversity using Art to Enhance Your Child’s Life
Exposing your child to different forms of art such as drawings, sculpture or paintings of varied concepts such as what you can see in a James Picard Art, you are introducing him to a multicultural and diversified world. Your child may be able to develop awareness of the world around him. That the world is composed of different races and colors, different emotions and exciting places.
Using Art to Enhance Your Child’s Life will Prove Useful Later On
Having read the tips above, may they guide you on how to go about instilling art into your child’s life. No need to shell out a lot, just look around you and use simple things to inspire your child to do art which you know can teach him skills for the harder and more challenging years to come.
First – Wow! What a wonderful character design that your daughter made!
And I so agree with you about art enhancing our children’s life – My son was constantly drawing and still loves art – his teachers could tell a lot about who he was by his artwork!
Yes, I agree 100% I always provided so many opportunities for my son when it came to art. We attended every single free class that was available to us at the local library and I also did music classes with him too. My favorite has always been giving him the choice to choose his own sense of style (hair and clothing).
First off, I need to start by emphasizing that your daughter is so talented! Clearly, introducing her to art has helped evolve her natural talent. I find it incredibly important to help children be well-rounded and experience the joy of creative expression through art. Today, I make art as a means of relaxation and taking my mind away from the busy and fast-paced world of technology.
These are great tips. We have always made art a part of life for our kids. We started when they were young, and made the experience fun. Now both of our girls are grown and they still enjoy art. One of our girls does some kind of art every day on her own.
Wow your daughter’s picture is amazing. She is very talented! Growing up, art was such an outlet for me. Now, my daughter feels the same way!
I have such a strong interest and passion for art and creating my own projects. I believe I have an artist trait and possess related skills because at a young age I was immersed in the magic of art.
Without room for arts education we would miss blooming artists such as your daughter. Educational funding should be about the whole child, not just an increased number on some test. It would be a long-term investment ideally, because these talents should be nurtured and developed, not hurried.
These are great tips that I need to integrate into my children’s learning. I especially love integrating diversity into a child’s art. While I wish this was done in school for all children, I also knot that it’s my responsibility to do it anyway.
I couldn’t agree with you more. Teaching children to have fun with art supplies and different ways to be creative lets them really discover themselves and the world around them. Not putting any expectation and just letting them explore is the best.
I think art is so important to help kids express themselves. I am sad that some schools see this not as a priority. Kids do not have to be great at art, as long as they can express and create. I love giving my son art projects and crafts.
Introducing art for self expression is so important when they are young. Both my daughters have been creating art since they could hold a paintbrush and it’s taught them so much more than just painting. They have access to most everything in my craft room and are always amazing me with their ideas!
These are fantastic tips, thanks for sharing! My dad is an amazing artist and I love that my kids enjoy it so much as well! It is indeed very important in life, in my opinion. 🙂
My grandchildren love art. These are some great suggestions that I will be using with them. Thank you so much for sharing this
even my elder son love to do the art, your article is inspiration for all kids. They actually love your blog even me too. Thanks for sharing and caring about kids.
very well done, i even get more interested to do it for myself! thanks for sharing…