Art is a crucial part of life and very important that we teach our kids to appreciate the arts while they are young. Art has been around since the dawn of man and it does so many things for people. Art can be both relaxing and inspiring for us adults and for children.
How to Teach Our Kids to Appreciate The Arts
Developing art in the lives of your children is a really important part of parenting. It helps them develop their imaginations, for one thing. Art can even make your child smarter and help them do better in other classes as well.
Visit An Art Gallery
One great way to introduce children to art is to take them to a gallery. There are many types of gallery experiences they can have. Park West Gallery out of Michigan even has auctions on a boat. This creates a unique atmosphere, which will inspire children to be more artistic themselves.
Local, smaller, art galleries may even offer art classes and such. Find one that is kid friendly and sign your child up. They enjoy having fun creating something artistic and want to do more when they are at home.
Take Them To A Show
Some people don’t realize that the arts cover a wide array of ventures. It’s not just about pottery and painting. Take your child out to enjoy some performance arts and you may find you have a little actor or ballet lover on your hands.
Most medium to larger size cities have a playhouse of their own, so look into it and find a family friendly show to take you child to. Don’t just check out plays and musicals, though; you could also take them to the opera or the ballet. Even a child-friendly concert is a good, inspirational bet, just make sure to bring earplugs along.
Bring Art Into Your Own Home
Teaching the joy of arts continues in the home. Not all schools have arts programs anymore, swapped in lieu of keeping sports on the docket in some, and lost with sports at others due to money need. That makes it even more important to hone a child’s creativity at home.
Encourage singing and dancing if these are things your children like to do. Give them items to make art and craft with, even if it’s just noodles, glue and paint. Allow them to have imaginative play and pretend to be the future professions that they may or may not go into.
If you are an artistic parent you should spend some time teaching your child the art you’re into. They may not want to be a writer or a singer/songwriter when they grow up, but they will cherish the bonding time spent with you, and they may learn that they enjoy writing poetry or songs, even if they don’t prefer writing novels or playing guitar.
What are some ways you feel we can teach our kids to appreciate the arts?
Jenna is a freelance writer from Renton, WA who is particularly interested in travel, nature, and parenting. Follow her on Twitter.