Let’s face it – not everyone who is teaching their children is the artistic type. Myself included! I have great intentions, but my projects don’t always come out the way I planned. Most parents want to see their children get creative and try out various art mediums because you just never know what talents they may have hiding in there. This list is meant to help you get their creative juices flowing as you introduce new things to them, and help encourage not only them, but you, too, as you see those talents develop. Get ready to spark that creativity!
7 ways to spark creativity in your child – even if you’re not artistic!
1. Take them to museums –
And I don’t just mean children’s museums. I mean Fine Art museums. Many of them have programs already lined up to help you and are prepared for children to come there. If it feels intimidating to you to take your little ones there, try to step out of that, and go for it. When you get there, ask someone before you start the tour and you will be surprised the things they have for your kids. It will encourage them and inspire them when they see these famous works of art in person!
2. Give them a space to be creative –
If you are always doing your art together at the kitchen table and have to immediately clean it up, or hurry through it, this is not very conducive to being creative. Find them a nook in their room or another part of the house where things can be left out or hung up, for finishing later. When they know it doesn’t always have to be finished that day, right then, they will not be discouraged as easily.
3. Get a good variety of nice art supplies –
You never know what medium they will have a talent for unless they are able to try it. Some people are great at drawing, some at painting. And it does take practice and patience too. Not everyone will be good at it right away, but if your child shows a fondness for a certain medium, I would encourage it and let them keep at it because it may develop eventually into something amazing.
4. Use online tutorials –
It doesn’t have to be all on you to teach them! There are so many online resources out there that are free – Pinterest has tons and you can start an art board on there and save them as you see them. YouTube has video tutorials and you can always have them attend a local class with an artist. Any of these options are bound to spark creativity!
We love the See the Light art lessons on DVD and they offer some free video lessons here:
Something like artist studies with Enrichment Studies can also encourage creativity and develop art appreciation.
5. Take them to local art shows –
Seeing other people’s work, especially other children’s art, can really leave an impact, and more so than a museum where they won’t actually meet the artist. They will get a chance to talk to the artists if they want to, ask questions and see a huge variety of artwork in many types that will broaden their scope of what “art” really is.
6. Make the assignments you give them worthwhile and challenging –
Let it be something they work for, and something that has purpose if possible. They will appreciate the piece when they are done so much more than if it’s just “art” for the sake of saying they completed art.
7. Use and appreciate their creations –
Especially for the ones you know they put their heart and soul into, hang them up in your house. Frame them, utilize them or even donate them if they are a usable item. This will leave an impact on them that will last their whole lives and they will remember that you did that.