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 dont matter here, so instead of pushing y
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.
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
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
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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