Introducing art to children has a number of benefits ranging from improving creativity to increasing self confidence. Learn how to introduce art to your children.
Sufiya came home after a long hard day's work. She was exhausted and
irritable. When she got home she was greeted by her three—year-old son
who was jumping up and down,
full of energy, and yelling at the top of his voice. In the past,
Sufiya would be at a loss as to what to do in such a situation.
Irritated and tired, she often rudely snapped at her son to silence him
and later felt guilty about it. A friend of hers suggested she
encourage her son to take up painting to keep him occupied and help him
channel his energy. Now whenever Sufiya needs a breather and can't play
with her son, she gets him to sketch something for her. This gives
Sufiya time to relax.
Art to Conquer Boredom and Stress
Encouraging your child to doodle when he is idle is the perfect
solution to boredom. Just give your child enough art material and allow
his imagination to run wild. Sitting down with your child, and drawing
something as well, is an excellent way to spend quality time with him.
There is a wide range of media available for your child to discover his
artistic side. You can start your child with pastels, switch to water
colours as he grows up, and, if he nurtures the art habit, you may even
see your child graduate to oil
paintings one day. Encouraging art also includes letting your child try
his hand at modelling with play dough, pot painting, and other
activities. Think out of the box. Have your child make something out of odds and ends, like a paper bag puppet, for example.
Dabbling in art is also a great stress buster.
In fact, psychologists encourage a child to draw so that they can draw
inferences from the child's art and psychoanalyse them. Drawing and
painting can also be an ideal way for children to vent their pent-up feelings.
Benefits of dabbling in Art
Introducing your child to art can play a pivotal role in your child's development.
Art can help develop a child's creativity, imagination, cognitive
skills, problem-solving abilities, fine motor skills, and much more. Children
who regularly participate in a comprehensive art programme are four
times more likely to be elected to class office, four times more likely
to be in a math or science fair, and four times more likely to win an
award for writing, according to research published by Americans for the Arts.
Art helps build self esteem as children
take pride in the works of art they create. It helps to develop their
problem-solving skills, especially when faced with three dimensional
problems such as sculpting. Art helps children
to improve their sensory awareness and improve their manual dexterity.
This is because a child needs to observe something, try to recreate
what he see's in his mind's eye, and try to match it with reality.
Helping Your Child Discover Art
Appreciating works of art is as important as encouraging your child to
take up art. Regardless of whether your child is a budding artist, or
merely likes to look at pictures, a trip to the local art gallery will
help to get the creative juices flowing. Children,
at different ages, are found to appreciate different aspects of art.
While a younger child will appreciate shapes and colour, older children
will focus more on how realistic the painting is. It is only after a
considerable amount of study in art that a child will understand
symbolism and style.
Today there are art books that have been specifically written for children, aiming to interest children in learning
about some of the world's great painters and their masterpieces. An
older child can be encouraged to tell stories using their pictures or
even try his hand at drawing a comic strip.
If your child has a natural talent for art, try to enrol him in as many
art activities as possible. These might range from art classes to
summer art courses. The important point is that you nurture your
child's talent without forcing him, because that might cause him to
burn out and he may start hating anything to do with art.
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I know exactly how that woman feels. When I get home from work, my children pester me to play with them. While there is nothing else in the world I would rather do, I am usually too tired to oblige. T...
I think you have the wrong idea. The point is to spend time with your child and introduce them to new things. Art should not be used as a means of keeping them subdued....
I think children like painting and scribbling, just like that. God had ordained that the best things in life come naturally to us. If only parents can stop pressuring children from leaving all hobbies...