One of my most memorable days as a child was when I first went to the art museum by where we lived. Never in my whole life did I see that many paintings but once I did, it opened an entire new world to me. Each picture was completely different and they all had different meanings. My favorite thing to do was to look at each one and try to figure out what they meant. And as I grew, my love of art and the arts grew too.
I think introducing children to art is very important, especially when they are very young. Starting young helps give kids a good foundation. When I was pregnant with Mary, I would put earphones on my belly and play one children's book every night before bed. I did this until she was born and now she has an extreme love for reading. And she is actually reading two grade levels higher than others her age too.
If you're looking to introduce your kids to art at a young age, here are some fun ideas to get you started.
- Visit an Art Museum - Visiting an art museum as a child can bring out a lot of new emotions in children. Plus it can really make them see things in a whole new way! When choosing an art museum to go to, make sure to take your child's interest in mind. Mary's first art museum was a Western art museum which was filled with cowboys and Native Americans. It really kept her attention since it was a subject she was interested in.
- Have an Art Show in Your Home - Over the span of a few weeks, do various craft and art projects with your kids at home. Then make a homemade art show in your house, showing off all their work!
- Check Out Art Books from the Library - One of the best first steps to introducing your children to art is to show them various famous paintings. A great way to start is with art books. Make sure to let them fully look at the pictures and ask them what they see in them.
- Watch Art Shows Like Creative Galaxy - Creative Galaxy is a series that is designed to support a child’s natural inclination to use their imaginations, make and create art to make life joyful. Everywhere one goes art is evident. And the skills utilized and learned through making art are vast and useful. In every episode, the characters will use "fix it with art" to model the pervasiveness and importance of art as a resource for life..
Since Mary loves art, we started watching Creative Galaxy a few months back on our Amazon Prime account. And she has loved it ever since! The character, Arty, is always looking to make new art out of anything. And the kids watching feel like they are making the art right along with him. And a big reason why is that it is produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero. She's the one who also produced Blue's Clues, the iconic 90's play-a-long show. I actually grew up watching Blue's Clues so that's probably why I love the feel to this show too.
The series helps make children and adults aware that people literally find themselves immersed in art most of the time: Parks use sculptures to add interest and to inform people; posters on walls give information and motivation; the clothes we wear are designed; music plays on the radio to keep your energy levels up; dance has meaning and tells stories. Whether we think of our world as art or not – it is!
Each episode of Creative Galaxy is different, including one that the characters were searching for a missing dog. In that one they visited different planets that revolved around different types of art which was fascinating to watch.
If you've never seen Creative Galaxy, you need to check it out for your kids. Currently it's only available on Amazon Prime Instant Video and it's completely worth the watch, especially for home-school parents!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.