Learning and practicing art has a lot of benefits for children like enhancing creativity and improving retention. In a homeschool setting, you—the parent—have a direct influence on what kids learn and how they learn it. So if you’re aiming to get your child interested and involved in arts, it would be wise to find out what methods work best. On that end, what sorts of things can you do to promote the development of artistic skills?
Get Artsy, Too
One of the things you pick up in parenting is the truth in the old saying “monkey see, monkey do”. So if you want to help your child develop artistic skills, you’re going to have to be a good example and get artsy as well. If you’re not too confident in your drawing skills, you can always take advantage of available drawing guides in books or online. Join your child in doing simple art activities like drawing their favorite animals, practicing equine art for beginners, or experimenting with favorite colors. Tapping into both your favorites not only builds a conducive art environment but also provide a chance for both of you to learn more about each other.
Have an Art Space
Providing a space that has materials for art can help to jumpstart your child’s interest in art and subsequent artistic skills. Pick out space in your home that won’t mind paint splatter or excess glitter. That way, your child can experiment with different things without having to worry about getting in trouble because of a mess. It also helps to decorate the space with examples of art like a poster of the Mona Lisa or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. They can help to pique your child’s interest in different art styles.
Display Their Art Pieces
Once your child starts to create their own drawings or art projects, build up their confidence by displaying them around your home. Putting up their art experiments on walls or fridges help to build a child’s sense of identity, according to Artventure. It also puts an emphasis on your support for their artistic endeavors so your child will know they have a safe space to enhance their creativity and artistic talents.
Go On Art Trips
Children greatly benefit from trips to museums and art galleries so it’s a shame not many are doing that anymore. Only 20.68% of kids in the US visited a museum in the past 12 months, according to the findings of Statista. Exposure to art helps kids compare and contrast their understanding of art to what humanity considers to be “good” or worth cherishing. Giving children the chance to explore their understanding of art promotes introspection and growth. And who knows, they might just see an art piece that becomes their inspiration for their future works.
To help your child find their inner artist, establishing a helpful environment goes a long way. Of course, your personal involvement in artistic activities with your child is important, too. Take this as an opportunity to help your child learn more about art while creating priceless memories you’ll all carry for years to come.