Ways to Raise an Art Lover

by The Artful Owl on 12/05/2010

Scholastic Magazine is a leader in children’s education, well this is what they have to say about the importance of art in the life of a child. Of course the Artful Owl could not agree more. Enrol your child in our programs today!

5 MUSTS FOR RAISING AN ART-LOVER

Schools may not offer your child an art program, but there are many ways you can build art interest and appreciation at home:

Talk about art. Your enthusiasm will be contagious, whether you’re discussing a painting at a local museum or a family quilt you are making. Tour your town’s architecture, too, comparing structures and decorations.

Make art supplies available. Offering your child an array of materials — including paints, scraps of fabric, clay, and natural materials — and a comfortable space to work in will stimulate his interest and teach him that art is important.

Encourage creativity. Prompt your child to color “outside the lines.” Be accepting and enthusiastic about her work, asking her questions and pointing out unique details.

Stimulate interest. Visit local museums and cultural centers. Enroll your child in a youth art program and attend art fairs together. Before your visit, discuss what you’re about to see. Find things that relate to something he already likes, such as paintings or sculptures of favorite animals, foods, or hobbies.

Support art education in your community. If art is not a part of the school curriculum, discuss implementing a program, perhaps even after-school, or suggest field-trips, participation in national art programs, or opportunities to display children’s art throughout the community.

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HotnBright December 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

From one educator to another, I couldn’t agree with you more! Art is essential in education, giving children an opportunity to explore, create and imagine, where they wouldn’t have that experience otherwise. I make Art an integral part of my program at school and am thrilled to give my daughter this same opportunity with The Artful Owl! This experience will bring us closer together while she learns some fundamental skills and gets messy!

The Artful Owl December 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I am delighted to be working with your daughter and look forward to a studio full of curiosity, laughter and art!

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