How Can I Develop an Interest in Art in my Children?

Sometimes I come across learners who have started an art class to help their children to draw and paint.  Often grandparents who recognise that their grandchildren have an interest in art and want to nurture this.

They often tell me how when they spend time with grandchildren they do arty things.  These learners usually want more ideas of what to do creatively to develop an interest in art in the children.  Sometimes they wish to learn to draw so they can pass on the skills to their children.  These are my thoughts on the topic.

All Children Have An Interest in Art

Although there are definitely some children who have more of a natural interest in picking up pencils and paint, I don’t think there is a young child who isn’t interested in making marks.  This is a natural form of expression so it is more about allowing time and space for this exploration to be developed and continue.

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The Importance of Experimenting in Art

I thought I would write this post because having taught hundreds of learners I recognise two types of learner.  Those that experiment and those that won’t and I am sure you can guess which learners have the best results.

What do I mean by experimenting and why is it so important?

I am essentially talking about a free mind to experiment and try things out without knowing where it will lead.  This approach allows discoveries to be made which is part of the learning creative process.  By trying things out we get to discover our own unique style in art, what media we like, the types of marks we can make etc.

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