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Introducing Art to children at an early age
Published: 7 September, 2011
Listed in School, Kids' activities, Parenting
It’s never too early to introduce your children to art. Doing so will help broaden their thinking process and imagination. Giving them drawing materials and coloring books is one thing but going the extra mile and taking them to art museums or going through art books from a library together can yield delightful results.
Encourage them to ask questions and give their point of view. As there are usually no right or wrong answers when it comes to art it is interesting to see how they will react to different works. Take your time and don’t rush through exhibits, pages, etc. You never know what will capture their attention and imagination.
It is a good idea to remember what art they show a preference for. That way you can always read up about those pieces, the artists, and the materials used and give them the history behind them.
If they are attracted to certain pieces why not encourage them to make a similar piece on their own? Give them the necessary materials, a few guidelines (but don’t constrain them to rigid rules) and let their creativity fly. There is no better way to see the unbridled imagination of children at work. Play around with different materials. If they tire of color pencils, get them crayons, brushes, finger paints and even clay. It will be wonderful if they gain an appreciation for art but remember the main thing is for them to have fun.