Art is a beautiful thing. It can be an exceptionally important tool for a child’s development, and it’s worth encouraging a kid who’s showing an interest in art. As a parent it can be hard to judge the line between being encouraging and being pushy, and it’s also tricky to know how best to encourage your little ones’ interests. Here’s what we recommend helping boost your kids’ enjoyment of art.
Enroll them in an arts class
Art is all about expression, but a little structure does no harm at all. There are plenty of art classes to be found, from after school activities to private one-on-one tuition. This has several advantages. Firstly, your kid will be exposed to a naturally “arty” environment; if your child spends time with a professional artist, they’re bound to gain enthusiasm. Secondly, it gives your child a reason to practice their talents. Many arts classes will work towards a project, and this is great for giving kids a sense of achievement.
Provide them with space to work
One of the most important things to have, as an artist, is space in which to work. You need to get away from distractions and focus on what you’re trying to create. In a busy home you may not have space for a fully-fledged studio. However, with a little imagination you can certainly create an art space for your kid to use. Set up a desk in their room just for them and provide space for their art supplies. Give them room to get lost in their art, and they’ll have the space they need to develop artistically.
Show them what they can achieve
There’s nothing as inspirational as seeing what years of practice can achieve. Be sure to take your child to art galleries and exhibitions so they can see what other artists are creating. Don’t force them to focus on details they don’t find interesting, though. The whole point of going to these galleries is to spark their imagination, so don’t force them to appreciate work they’re not drawn to. If they’re drawn to big, colourful modern art, then let them explore it. If they think a piece of work is boring, maybe find out how they might change it. When you get home, see if they can recreate their favourite work, or create something new that’s inspired by it.
Feeding your kid’s creativity
Children can gain so much from art, and it’s wonderful to give your children access to such a fulfilling form of expression. These low-pressure tips for encouraging your kid will help them to discover the beauty of art and hone their talents at the same time.