Kids are naturally curious and creative. These qualities are what will make them young Picasso, Van Gogh, Pollock, Warhol, or Dali. If you notice that your child has the potential for arts and crafts, your work is half done. All you need to do is show them artworks of other people, give them art materials, and let them be. On the other hand, if you’re not sure if they’re artistically inclined, you can enroll them in art classes. Give them a little nudge and encouragement.
You can also start incorporating art into your everyday life. Play beautiful music every day. Put artistic objects (made from simple materials) on places he or she can easily see. That’s creating a life full of art—or as what we love to call, artful living. A child can easily be inclined to arts if your inclination as parents are also leaning there.
Give them paper, beeswax, water colours, jumbo crayons, glue, canvasses, and all the other art materials you can think of. You can also give them a small guitar or a little piano. These objects will encourage them to create and play. You don’t even need to tell them what to do because they can figure it out on their own. That in itself is also wonderful because it develops your kid’s cognitive and motor skills, and will help him become more confident in expressing himself.
Here are some practical tips to consider to support your child’s interest in arts:
1. What is your child interested in?
This is difficult to figure out because your child can go through many obsessive phases. If that’s the case, then use it as the theme for his art projects. Is he obsessed with ukuleles? Buy a guitar and get him in a class. It will also help if you tell a story about ukuleles—its history and origin. You can also buy ukulele music from online music stores. This will expand his understanding of the thing he is obsessed with, and it’s an excellent thing.
If your child is interested in construction vehicles, and his toys are all dump trucks, payloaders, bulldozers, and the likes, help him create small scale buildings of cities. There’s no limit, really. It just needs your time and attention.
2. Use experiences
Take a break from your usual daily routine and bring your child to a castle or a museum. These architectures have artistic and historical relevance that will enhance the child’s curiosity. Follow a narrative when you go there. Tell the stories or hire a tour guide to tell the stories for you and your child.
You can also go to another country to attend colourful festivals and experience culture. This will broaden your child’s knowledge of the world. It will make him understand that life doesn’t revolve inside a four-cornered room—that the world is big and colourful.
3. Introduce your child to local artists and their works.
Talk about art and its different styles with your child. Tell him about the world’s greatest artists and how each of them contributed to make this planet a better place. Introduce him to the greats and the locals.
You can also discuss how a particular artwork or how a certain song made him feel. Talk about that specific emotion, and explore it together. Learn poetries about said emotion and help him express it in his own way.
As a parent, it’s essential to remember that encouraging your child in the world of art should not be limited. Art is not just about paintbrushes and colourful paints. Art is encompassing. There are several forms of art, and these are music, film, visual, performance, dance, architecture, and literature. Who knows, your child may become a good painter or graphic artist or an excellent writer and storyteller
If you want to get your child into arts and crafts, get in touch with Treehaus Teahaus to see how we can help!