Introducing a young kid to art has to be done gently not to evoke feelings of resentment towards art itself. If a young kid feels pressured to pursue art, the child is likely to hate art as a whole. The decision to pursue art has to feel organic and evoke a feeling of excitement to sustain the love of art. By presenting art as this fun activity, you prick the curiosity of a child making the kid gain interest in pursuing artistic endeavors. Children who are too young cannot grasp the concept of art or the role it has to play. To introduce a child to art, you have to wait until the child reaches an advanced learning stage, at this stage, a child can now be introduced to what art is.
Exposure to art starts with providing access to all the artistic materials that a child will need. There is no need to be grand about how you do this. You do not require an entire studio as an artistic workplace for your child. A simple colorful set up will do the trick and serve as an artistic workstation. By putting a small table and a chair in a corner you can create a simple creative space. Parents can avail crayons, drawing books, water colors and simple paint brushes. These tools will intrigue kids into playing with them, ultimately kick-starting the journey of exposure to art.
Most parents opt to instruct their children on what to draw. Instructing a child to draw a specific image is the wrong approach to take. In the ideal scenario, a child is supposed to be inspired into drawing as a form of expression. For motivation, asking the child how they feel about something and having the child draw a visual representation of that feeling is a more successful approach. Feelings are a rich source of inspiration and should be encouraged by young artists. An artistic depiction is a visual representation of something that was felt. This should be the bedrock of teaching art to children.
At a young age, children tend to look up to parents and other adults for validation on all their childish projects. After encouraging a child to start drawing or painting, you have to show an interest in their art projects. As a demonstration of interest, you can ask questions about the piece of art or compliment it. You cannot criticize the project since this will paint it as a failure to a child. Failure to recognize efforts being made by a child towards drawing or painting might discourage the child from pursuing art.
To inspire a deep love for art in your child, you can set time aside to draw with him. When the child sees you participating in the drawing activities, this will make the kid fond of drawing. Working on a project with your child is a great opportunity to learn more about your child and find out what is the source of inspiration behind the art. Painting with a child presents art projects as fun and exciting activities breeding feelings of fondness towards art in your child. A kid is likely to show more interest in art when he sees an older person pursuing art since children learn best from imitating.
When children are starting off on their early art projects, they tend to be messy. As a parent, you have to allow them to get as playful as they want to, make as big a mess as they can without scolding them. Shouting at a kid for drawing doodles on walls or splashing paint on surfaces will scare a child from pursuing art projects in future. To deal with the mess, you can allocate a space for the child to play in. Encouraging art in small children means being ready to clean up the mess they will make on their creative journey.
A visit to an art gallery or museum is another exciting way of getting a child interested in art. Children tend to get excited over trips, you can use this to your advantage by scheduling a trip to the local art gallery or museum over the holiday or on a weekend. Besides offering the child a memorable experience, you will poke the child’s interest in art.