As a creative person I would encourage a person of any age to explore jobs in the arts, hobbies in the arts, therapies in the arts. You get the idea. I value the arts. Making stuff is good for the soul. But as a parent it can be scary to encourage your child to choose an occupation in the arts that may or may not appear to be able to support a family.
Do you have child that you anticipate will grow up to be an artist? Will they make their living through fine art or commercial art? Maybe a handful of you will answer yes to that question. But for those of you that shook your head no I encourage you to ask the question how can art encourage your child even if they don’t appear to be a gifted artist. What is art and how can taking part in the arts benefit every child?
Nothing can replace going to an art museum and seeing great works of art in person. In real life, that’s not always an option. Enter some of awesome art museum websites that offer interactive, online fun designed to expose and engage your kiddo with the art in their collection.
Let’s jump in the car and head to the art museum. Oh, wait I live in the rural center of the middle of nowhere. If we want to hit a well known gallery there is going to be trip involved. But, a virtual gallery? That’s a little different, right?
So grab your cup of coffee, get your favorite blanket and cozy up with your kiddo to check out some world class art, at home!
Water lilies, cathedrals, bridges, and haystacks; this is the stuff of Claude Monet. It’s pretty, pretty stuff that translates perfectly to working with kids! Snag a book or two from the book list below, run a copy of the printable, and you’re set for a little ol’ art history lesson!
The thing I love most about this “talking and writing about art” series is that it makes art history super available. Want to introduce an artist to your class or to your own kiddos at home? Everything you need is right here to get started. Dive right into this Mary Cassatt lesson now!
Art criticism is the discussion or evaluation of visual art. Evaluating art can be rough when we’re trying to convince kids to let go of their inhibitions and enjoy making for the sake of making. Evaluation and judgement can be harsh words. Use this free printable to gently introduce art criticism for kids in terms of the “art sandwich.”
When you think about visiting you local art museum with kids what images does that conjure up for you? Maybe a sweaty anxious mom worried that my kids are too loud, my kids don’t know proper etiquette, my kids might topple a priceless work of art. It’s a panicky world I live in, I know.
Wanna talk art history with your kids? Then ballerinas and race horses are a good place to start, right? Edgar Degas has lots to offer in terms of work that is kid friendly and sure to spur a conversation.