Did you know that “students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement”?
Or that art “promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth”?
Despite the many known advantages, many public and private schools have cut their art education programs.
Homeschooling offers a unique advantage in this area, in that you have the control over what kinds of art education you’d like your child to experience. However, when it comes to planning your child’s curriculum, it can be stressful to try to plan meaningful activities and lessons for a new subject.
Ready to help your child unleash his or her natural creativity?
Incorporate art lessons using the following strategies.
Let your child explore as many artistic mediums as possible
Many people forget that art education is about more than just a canvas and a paintbrush. From learning how to draw, to playing music, the categories and subcategories of art that exist could create a giant list.
In order to foster creativity in your child, let him or her explore as many artistic mediums as possible. This is also the best way to discover your child’s artistic talents, and to help him or her decide which type of art they most enjoy.
Each week or every other week, plan an age appropriate art activity for your child. Some ideas to get you started include:
- oil pastel paintings
- 3D sculpture making
- collage art
- stained glass art
- watercolors and
Make art history interactive
One professor at Harvard found that interactive teaching methods have the ability to double or even triple learning gains in students. Rather than having your child simply read about art history, make each lesson unit interactive.
One of the best ways to achieve this is by planning activities that make the art lessons come alive. Live near an art museum that features work of a specific artist or style that you’ve discussed? Take your child to see each work in-person, and prompt him or her to discuss their favorite and least favorite elements.
Alternatively, you can plan artistic crafts that allow your child to creatively demonstrate their knowledge of a particular artist or style of art.
Do not grade your child’s art
Creativity is fragile.
Therefore, it is essential to strike a balance between art education and letting your child express himself or herself.
To help build your child’s confidence in his or her artistic and creative abilities, do not grade or critique artwork. Comments that seem harmless can quickly cause your child to lose confidence, as well as his or her excitement for participating in creative activities. Always be sure to offer praise for all artwork created by your child.
Fostering creativity and a love for art is no easy task. By making art history fun and interactive, letting your child explore as many artistic mediums as possible, and withholding any kind of grading from your child’s artwork, you will be doing your part to build confidence and a passion for the arts.
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