“What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give”. – P. D. James
Research suggests ‘Art’ as a subject plays a vital role in a child’s curriculum. The benefits are far-reaching from stimulating cognitive and creative skills to strengthening problem-solving skills. Schools and governments, however, have always lacked interest in cultural subjects and as parents it is our responsibility to raise our children with these extra-curricular activities.
Getting a child to like ‘Art’ is an art in itself. We as parents not only have to enact as a child but also make the subject fun. These are some of the barriers we face and therefore below are listed out three of the kids’ favorite painting projects that your child will have fun learning.
1. Abstract Expressionism – Originated during the WWII art movement, Jackson Pollock’s creative art work is a little more than just dripping and splashing paint onto a canvas. The notion behind the art is to reveal your emotions and choosing the colors that you think best describe them. The supplies you require are a canvas, some paintbrushes, acrylic paints and SPLASH!!
2. Pointillism – The intriguing form of art was developed by George Seurat in 1886, where an image was created with small dots of color onto the canvas showcasing a vibrant color composition. In this form of art, you are required to use a pointed item like a fine tipped paintbrush or cotton swabs along with some acrylic paints. To ease the work and making it more exciting try using a photo (family) for them to copy on the canvas helping the children visualize the colors they want to use.
3. Canvas Art with Painters Tape – One of the simplest forms of art work, this project requires children to create different shapes onto the canvas using a painters tape challenging their creativity. Once the taping is completed, they can start filling in the blocks with distinct colors like green, purple, red and yellow with a paintbrush. Leave the canvas for drying and once dried, remove the painters tape (gently) disclosing a unique piece of art where the end result is a photo collage canvas.
Lastly, no matter what form of art project you choose, don’t forget to hang it on the wall in the living room. It will make the children feel their ‘fun’ work has finally paid off.
Which one is your favorite?
Bio: Marlene Stucker is a part-time blogger married with two kids and currently works at Photo-Canvas, specialized in designing personalized photo canvas prints.