How to Be a Hands-On Art Parent
It's fun to see the projects your child brings home from art classes at Museo Art Academy. But maybe you're itching to make art with your child at home. After all, being hands-on in each aspect of your child's life helps them feel connected to you and confident of your support in their interests. This includes being involved with art!
If you don't consider yourself to be the creative type, it can seem daunting to plan and execute art projects at home. Luckily, no one expects you to come up with college-level art lessons...leave that to us! Even the simplest art activity counts. Here are a few ways to become more hands-on with your child when it comes to making art at home.
Create a Portable Art Bucket
Maybe you've avoided making art at home with your child because you simply don't have the supplies (or they're strewn about the house in various nooks and drawers). Make a portable art bucket with simple supplies. Take your artsy child to Walmart or Michaels and pick out basics like:
-plain white printer paper
-watercolor paints and brushes
Then add fun extras like:
-tiny pom poms
Bring out the portable art bucket whenever your child says they're bored. You'd be surprised how fun it is to just sit and make something together without a prompt or a lesson. Believe us, your child will find something to make. And if you're stumped, try making a monster or a popsicle stick puppet.
We've all been stuck at the doctor's office or the car wash with nothing to do. Instead of relying on the iPad, stash a little notebook and a couple of pens in your car or purse. Encourage your child to draw something they see, then take turns adding to the picture until you've drawn the scene in front of you. Or take turns drawing each other, then sign and frame your work!
Use Art as a Reward
If your creative child can't get enough art, use it to your advantage and present art-making time as a reward. If they finished their chores early or came home with a nice note from their teacher, set aside an hour to do something artistic with your child. This could include making a larger art project (like a hand-painted doll house or a personalized, painted skateboard). Or you can take them to a local museum on a mommy/daddy date.
Let Your Child Teach You
When you really feel unqualified to make any kind of project that resembles good art with your child, we understand. Instead of taking the reigns on an art project with the suggestions above, let your child teach you. They learn a lot at Museo Art Academy and would probably be excited to show off what they know! Ask them to teach you what they're making in class step-by-step. This not only reinforces their learning, but lets them feel like an expert, which boosts their confidence. The perk for you? You don't have to plan a thing.
Maybe you're already a hands-on art parent. What insights or tips do you have for other parents? Share them in the comments below. We'd love to hear your opinion!
Inside the Studio: Pizza & Picasso Night
Have you ever been to a Friday Night Event at Museo Art Academy? Each Friday of the month, you can find instructors and students making art in the studio. We're excited for this Friday's Pizza & Picasso Night featuring Claude Monet! (Other Friday Night Events include Masters Night and Manga Night.)
Bring your kids to the studio this Friday to experience the awesomeness first-hand. The workshop starts off with a pizza dinner and fun facts about that night's featured artist. Then the instructor leads the class in an art activity.
Pizza & Picasso Night is a great event for kids ages 6 and up. We encourage students to come with friends and be prepared to have a blast! Many of our students sign up for multiple Pizza & Picasso Nights in advance because they enjoy them so much. This is a great excuse for parents to have a relaxing date night while kids are at Museo Art Academy. You can feel good knowing your child is learning, making friends, and having a blast while you're away. Or, if your child enjoys art, but your schedule doesn't allow for weekly classes, you can start with a few Friday Night Events to spark their creativity.
Past artists have included George Lucas (mastermind behind the Star Wars world), Edgar Degas, Nintendo's Pokemon, and the art of Disney's Zootopia. For upcoming events, check out our schedule here. We're excited for this week's event, featuring Claude Monet.
As a parent, you want to expose your child to a variety of activities and interests at a young age. That's why you bring them to art class (and/or dance, sports and music lessons). You encourage their artistic abilities because you saw a spark of talent in them early on. Or maybe you simply want them to enjoy art and explore their creativity. Whatever your reason for enrolling your child in art class, we appreciate your support. Artistic children thrive when their parents recognize and foster talent.
As the new year begins, you may wonder what 2016 will bring for your child when it comes to art. Will their drawing skills improve? Will they make new friends with similar interests? Will they understand how colors convey feelings? Will they learn about history through the context of art? Will they learn how to express their emotions better via the artistic process?
While our teachers work hard to foster all of these facets of art education, there are things you can do to encourage your child to grow in art this year. Here are 4 simple ways to make 2016 your child's best art year yet.
If your child is enrolled in weekly art classes, they're off to a good start. But if art is truly how your child processes the world around them, they might crave more art time during the week. Set up a space in your home where your child can go anytime to create art freely.
You can put a small table or desk in a corner of your kitchen or their bedroom. Keep a small desk organizer filled with art supplies on the table for easy access. Some good (and clean) options are white and colored paper, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, washi tape, cardboard, string, tissue paper, cloud clay, and pipe cleaners.
No need to set up a dedicated "art time". Allow your child to choose when and how they create, and it will become a place of self-guided learning and growth.
Give Them a Sketchbook
Artists use sketchbooks to jot down ideas, keep a visual journal, or practice drawing skills while out and about. If you notice your child constantly drawing, give them a sketchbook to keep their drawings organized. It's fun to look back on an old sketchbook and see how much they've improved. Not to mention, sketchbooks hone observational drawing skills.
Sketchbooks are best used on the go. Your child may draw a dancer while waiting for their sibling at dance class, or sketch a tree at the park. They could observe people at the airport and practice figure drawing. Older children might jot down a thought and draw the most memorable thing from that day. Sketchbooks can be as varied as the artists who draw in them.
Praise the Process, Not the Product
Maybe your child really loves art but is too young to bring home stunning pieces just yet. Or maybe their behavior and mood improves when they take art classes, but they're not there for the end product. How can you encourage this type of artist?
As with all young artists, you should praise the process and not the product. You might notice an improvement in line quality, painting skills, or focus. Or maybe their teacher commented on an improvement in listening skills and speaking out of turn. Give praise for small victories that aren't necessarily related to the quality of the final project. Your child will learn that art has inherent value besides aesthetics.
Bring Art Alive
Nothing is more exciting for a young artist than seeing "real" art in person! Make a point to go to local museums and galleries. Chances are good that your nearest museum offers tours where children can engage in artwork with the help of a museum professional. Even if you don't go on a guided tour, walking through the museum together will expose your child to a more tangible art world outside their art classroom.
Thank you for investing in your child's artistic future! Let us know how you encourage art in your home in the comments below.
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