Creating Little Artists

As children get older, it is interesting to see their style of art develop. But what if you could encourage them to do more art, more often? Here are a few tips which will have them creating more at home and opting for the paints and crayons over screen time.

Keep it handy

One of the best ways you can encourage kids to create is to have the art supplies readily available. Leave the paints, stickers, crayons, pencil cases and paper somewhere where they are easily accessible. If they are out where the kids will see them regularly, then it makes sense that they will be more inclined to pick them up and use them. Hiding the artistic props in the cupboard will not do them any favours at all.

Frame it regularly

Art should always be showcased prominently on the wall. Make time to go through your child’s work of art each week and hang their favourite pieces on the wall. Have a “rotating” frame or frames to encourage them to create at least a few drawings or paintings each week. Featuring their art on the wall will help increase their confidence.

Open their eyes

Art is all around. It doesn’t matter where you live, you can generally find some kind of showing of art whether it is in sculpture, painting or drawing form. Open their eyes to art influences to demonstrate that there is not one standard of art. It will allow them to refine their own personal style without the need to feel like they have to follow someone else’s ideal.

Allow them to experiment

Even if you are not artistic personally, you can sign them up for local art classes or purchase a variety of art kits for them to try their hand at new mediums. Even simple kits such as foil art kits and scratch papers can bring out their artistic flair.

Let them work uninterrupted

You may feel the need to give instructions or want to help, but the best way is for them to just get on with it. When complete, accept it as is. Compliment rather than criticise and try to refrain from asking for changes or additions. It is their take on the world as they see it, so accept it as it is. Your only real priority is to prepare for a mess and help them learn how to tidy up when finished. Drop cloths or newspapers will surely come in handy.