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Art and Your Child

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Does your budding M.F. Hussain sit late into the night making sketches of the refrigerator, table or his pet dog? If you have spotted an artistic talent in your child, do your best to encourage it. Your child may be thoroughly bored by school work, he may be failing or he may be doing poorly at school. Whatever the situation, art is a great leveler. Grades don't matter here, so instead of pushing your child to score ten extra marks at school encourage him to excel at art if that is where his passion lies.

The word 'artist' was once synonymous with struggle. No longer. Children with artistic talent now have numerous opportunities in today's workplace. With art now being affordable by many, the struggle has lessened. Not every artist will earn lakhs per painting, but even if your child can sell a few moderately priced paintings every month, he should be able to eke out a very comfortable living and as time goes by his paintings should command a higher price.

Your child could get into commercial art, which involves design for commercial purposes. Take a look at the bear on your Kellogg's box. It was drawn by an artist. In fact, the entire box was designed by a commercial designer, or perhaps by an entire design team. Every sketch in your favourite magazine was drawn by an illustrator. Almost every ad agency, magazine and other media or design-related job requires a person or a team of people who can draw, so don't worry about whether or not your child will do well as a commercial artist. Realize that a person can do very well, or very badly, in whichever field he enters. It all depends on how good he is at his job and on how focused and dedicated a worker he is.

Enrolling your child in art classes is a good step, but you may need to do more to further your child's interest in the subject to enable him to make an informed decision at a later date about whether he wants to keep art as a serious extra-curricular activity, or whether he wants to turn it into a career. Do this by taking him for exhibitions at art galleries and museums in your area. Bombay's Jehangir Art Gallery is a hub for artistic activity.

Take your child with you for an art purchasing venture and let him pick out a painting that he likes. If you don't want to shell out the big bucks involved in purchasing an expensive painting take a walk outside the art gallery where you will see numerous young, talented and upcoming artists displaying their work.

Even if your child chooses to paint as an extra-curricular activity, this hobby will keep him gainfully occupied through his college years in India if he is taking up a stream which allows him a lot of free time. When your child embarks on his career, painting is an activity which will provide him with immense relaxation for years on end. And later, much later, when your child has retired from his job and his colleagues find themselves at lose ends having nothing to do - and all the time in the world to do nothing, your child can go back to what he knows and loves. Art.

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Suresh.10 years ago
my son is four years old, instead of learning a b c d he loves to take a pencil and paper and start drawing anything. do you think there is some where an artist in side him, but he doesn't concentrate on the study at all. i mean study is also important. what should i do???
Mayura.10 years ago
my son is 3 years old he know how to write abcd in small and capitol letters,and even he have a talent of drawing.becos where we go he take his sekch book and pen or pencil and start drawing. what should i do for encourage his talent?
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alpana issar.10 years ago
it is imp that u give him the freedom to xpress would be wonderful for him if u bring art into his study sessions.of course he is an artist. teach him to use alphabets artistically eg a can look like an aeroplane if ones imagination is applied.
Oisik's art work
Oisik's art work.10 years ago
my son , presently 14 years age. have done around 110 good painting works and also mae exhibition. his works have receive upto international award. please avise how to commercially use his works to support him .

. adak.
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