Nurturing the artist in your child
Art teaches children how to view their world from different perspectives. It stimulates them visually and encourages problem solving, self-expression, imagination and creativity. Art appreciation is a valuable tool for life that you can help inspire in your child.
Keep art supplies in the house
Allow your child to explore their own creativity by making an art box with colourful textas, crayons, pens and paints, plus lots of scribbling paper. This will allow them to get creative when the mood takes them. Praise them on their artworks and display them around the house.
Principles of art
Talk about shape, colour, size, line, design, tone and texture of everyday items.
Participate in art workshops
Look out for free and inexpensive art courses that your child can attend in your local community. These can be great fun for children, as they learn new creative skills in the company of their peers.
Discuss illustrations in books
When you are reading with your child, talk about the illustrations in the book. Ask your child to talk about the pictures and how they relate to the story, or how they make them feel.
Visit an art gallery
Your child will love going with you for a visit to a local art gallery. Spend time looking at the pictures and discuss the artist’s technique, colours and textures. Talk about the story the art is telling. Many cultural institutions provide tours, activities or rooms specifically designed for children.