6 Reasons on How You Should Support Your Child’s Artistic Development
Picture this. Your child comes back from school and decides to show you the painting they worked on which looks to represent their name and their interests.
Would you look at the variety of colours? Oh, the middle of the CN tower looks like a pancake if you squint hard enough, but that’s ok. You love it, so you hang it on the fridge.
That is, until your significant other arrives home, takes one look at the painting, and asks who painted such a monstrosity?
Your child runs upstairs and decides to give up art as a whole, but before you have a conversation with their door, let them have some time to think and learn through this blog the right way to support your child through their enlightening journey in the world of art.
1. Build Up Trust
As children, we were taught in school that everyone’s special in their own way.
Whether you can play sports until you’re drenched in sweat or work towards being the smartest one in your class, it doesn’t matter as you’re having fun while you do it.
The same thing applies in life where you should do whatever you like and not let anyone hold you back from your full potential.
When it comes to talking to your child in the metaphorical situation above, you want to help them understand that one bad comment doesn’t equal to putting those paintbrushes away, but rather, working hard to make each piece of work they do their best and each one after for those who showed negativity along the way.
Once they understand they wouldn’t need to live up to a certain standard and you have their best interests at hand, the next question to ask them is if they would like to attend art classes or even an introductory art class to get a feel for a different environment outside of school.
2. Create a workspace
The same way your significant other has taken up the basement as their work environment away from work, the same applies for your child.
When it comes to taking up art as a passion, you need to purchase the necessary tools such as paint brushes, shading pencils, a surface like a canvas or the use of thin paper, and whatever catches your child’s eye.
With this workspace, they need to be able to see an empty room and picture it as the materials-on-the-floor, paint-sprawled environment beneficial to their development.
One of the benefits that come with a small workspace allows them to work in an environment they know very well where they feel loved and trusted that whatever they’ve made is definitely worth sharing.
However, if a small space isn’t their cup of tea and they prefer their room as a sanctuary to create, that’s perfect too because it can make a difference in the long run.
3. Show Their Work to Anyone and Everyone
When it comes to choosing the right Kids Art School, you want to make sure it’s one which helps advance your child’s artistic perspective on the work they’ll do.
At Muzart Music & Art School, we offer kids art classes to help support your child’s development with the use of a wide array of colours to help provide inspiration for them to put brush to canvas, helpful instructors to lead them on the path of success, and the ability to work in groups.
When working in such an environment that vibrates positivity, they’re inspired to be their best self and begin to realize with more art classes, their first painting isn’t a representation of their art passion overall, rather with more time comes more improvements.
This will be prominent from how each time they’ll come back home from a Muzart group art session, you start to see them switch from drawing a sandy beach that has dark brown sand and heavy brush strokes of blue to abstract art that speaks for itself in interpretation to whoever looks at it.
Your next course of action as a parent is to take this piece of work and show your child the appreciation they deserve towards this masterpiece and put it for all to see.
The grandparents who slip them a $20 bill and go head over heels for everything your child does, guests who (secretly) acknowledge the interior design of your home and their eye catches the wonderful painting in all its glory, and everyone else who should see this original piece of work.
You want your child to see their newfound passion and time in art classes as appreciated and provide the inspiration to do more work or become invested in artists outside of class.
4. Fill Their World with Art
With a Kids Art Class, children from ages 5-12 get an understanding of the basics towards the different styles of art and later how to evoke these styles into work of their own.
At Muzart, we also offer Private Art Lessons if your child looks to focus on one art form rather than experimenting with others.
However, art classes are simply the first step towards encompassing your child’s world more and more with their newfound passion.
With the Art Gallery of Ontario open in Toronto and many smaller art exhibits hidden inside of the downtown core or even shopping centres where artists will auction off their work, this becomes a perfect opportunity to show your child the different forms of presentation for up-and-coming artists who would like to advance their passion into a career.
5. Adjust the Family to It
Remember the hypothetical example at the start of this blog where your significant other unknowingly calls your child’s art ‘such a monstrosity?’
It’s time to sit them, and if you have other children, down in the family room and have a nice talk.
Help explain to your family that art is subjective, and it takes time for a person to adjust to the art form of their choice and excel in it greatly.
As did the greatest athletes, smartest geniuses, and everyone else who’ve strived to reach a goal, it takes many tries to get right and can’t be done overnight.
The best suggestion if the family doesn’t fully understand why a passion for art is something to nurture and allow to grow is a kids art class for the siblings to see an environment which allows art to roam freely like Muzart.
6. Don’t knock it until you try it
The old saying ‘don’t knock it until you try it’ holds a meaning of ‘you shouldn’t dislike something unless you try it for yourself.’
Whether it’s reading a 1000-page book or listening to a new genre of music, you shouldn’t write it off completely unless you go through with the action and see whether you’ll enjoy it, or you hate it. At least you can say you did it.
With Kids Art Classes at Muzart, you may think there’s the other 5 ways above to support your child’s artistic development, but after one session, it’s safe to say you’ve inspired your other child(ren) to get along more than before, you've gained a further understanding of the enjoyment that comes with a work of your own, and the passion will continue to flow.
That’s the Muzart Difference!