A young student (age 11) shares her thoughts on how you can help your children express themselves with art.
- Give your child some paper, along with color pencils, Craypas, watercolors, or pastels; ask her to draw any or all of the following:
- how she is feeling
- what happened
After she does the drawing, ask her to tell you something about it; describe it, tell you how she feels. You can listen and be supportive.
- Take her to the museum if she would like to go. Look at paintings that are big and colorful (not real adult looking or serious); paintings that she will not find boring. You probably know what kind of things she likes. Be sure to go to the food court and the gift shop.
- Draw and paint with her. She will enjoy it and it will be fun!
- Collect lots of stuff in a box that you can make sculptures and art with; for example, clothes pins, pipe cleaners, fabric, paper clips, ribbons, lace, etc. Invite her to make something with these things; this could be a sculpture or a collage.
- Look through books about artists that she might like; pick out paintings and drawings that you can use as examples of what kind of art to make. Understand how and why the artist painted what he or she did.
- Play music that she likes while doing art; for example, a favorite song or singer.
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