Many parents think that children only need to excel at academics in school in order to be successful later in life. However, art can be an important factor in a child’s development, as it allows them to express themselves better. Moreover, when used as a form of therapy, art can be a tool that can help children heal from painful experiences.
New Zealand book illustrator, Lyn Kriegler, knows all about the positive impact of art as she regularly holds art workshops to help children deal with anger issues and trauma. In an interview with The Epoch Times, Kriegler said that everyone has that “light within them” that can be sparked by art, which is why children should be encouraged to take up a creative form of expression for their health and happiness. If you notice that your little one has an interest in drawing, painting or colouring, here are some creative ways to encourage your child’s artistic talents.
Draw while people watching
Some children will start drawing right away, and they’ll do just fine if you leave them alone with some crayons and paper. However, some kids will need a little more inspiration than that before they can unleash their creative talent.
To get your child drawing or painting, why not take them to an outdoor café so they can draw while people watching? It’s good practise when learning to draw human faces, and it also helps them become more observant of the people around them.
If it’s your child’s first time drawing faces, guide them and teach them about the basic shapes, and encourage them to draw a variety of eye shapes and colours, nose sizes, and lip shapes – after all, not everyone looks the same. Bring a sketchbook, some pencils, coloured pencils and markers, and take your child to a child-friendly New Zealand pub, restaurant, or café, such as the Northcote Tavern, Postman’s Leg, Mexicali Fresh, Charlie & George Café, or Mission. Plan on going when the weather is nice so you and your little one can enjoy some fresh air while sketching different faces.
Go on a street art walking tour
Going to a gallery or a museum allows your child to learn more about some of the greatest works of art. However, if your child wants to view art in a different way, why not take them on a street art walking tour? There are walking tours available in the major cities, some offering the chance to view unique murals by artists such as Erika Pearce, D Side and Cracked Ink. Viewing street art opens up a whole new world to your child, and it lets them know that art can be found even in the most unexpected places.
Have a mini exhibit at home
Once your child has created several pieces, it’s time to show them off to your family and friends. Plan on having a mini exhibit at home at your next dinner party, and showcase your child’s artwork. You don’t have to spend a lot to do so – you can frame some of your child’s best works and hang them up or display them on easels, or display them on a clothesline made from a thin piece of crafting rope. Add some fairy lights to give the exhibit a festive vibe, and play some fun music to enhance the experience. Displaying your child’s work will give them a sense of pride and will encourage them to keep on working on their craft.
Art can help to boost your child’s happiness and confidence. Encourage your little one to develop their artistic talents by trying some of these tips, and see how art can have a positive impact on their life as they grow.
This article was written by Sally Sykes with additional content by Kidspot NZ. Sally is a freelance writer who left her corporate job for a life of freedom. She regularly travels with her family and absolutely loves camping in the great outdoors.