Teaching Kids Passion for Art – In Their Own Language

As much as you might like your little ones to immediately recognize the grandeur of a Monet, the famous French Impressionist’s brilliance will probably be lost on most kids. When introducing this important subject to a student anywhere, you’re going to see a lot more success if you speak their language, and these days, that means plugging something in. Here’s how to get going with art lessons for your kids, in a way they’ll find interesting and engaging, and you’ll approve of.

Mixing Colours Without Making a Mess

Little kids love to discover the results of mixing blue and yellow or black and white. While you do want to offer them the opportunity to do so with real paint and their own two hands, let them learn more online before introducing the finger paint. Find games and programs that vividly demonstrate how to mix and make new colours, but make sure it includes the names of colours as well. This way, a child of almost any age will be introduced to letters, reading and making associations, all while having loads of fun.

Teaching Techniques and Tapping Talent With Technology

Every child needs exposure to art, no matter if they’re learning in public, private or home school. Discovering exceptional talent in your child means you’re going to have to find an exceptional way to cultivate it, though. Beyond crayons, stick figures and basic crafts, open new doors to your gifted art student with kids’ art lessons online. You can try any number of them until you find the perfect match for your up-and-coming master, by looking for special tools that demonstrate techniques and act as an extension of the human hands.

Visit Vincent van Gogh on a Virtual Trip

vincent van gogh oil painting

No artistic education is complete without an introduction to the famous masters. Begin by teaching the movements, like Abstract Expressionism from the 1940s, Art Nouveau of the 1890s and going all the way back to the Baroque 17th century and earlier. Once the textbook learning is complete, sit down in front of the small screen and virtually tour the great museums featuring the actual works. You can take your child to see Van Gogh’s “Blooming Chestnut Branches” in Zurich, or Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous “Mona Lisa” at the Louvre in Paris without ever leaving the house. Zoom in so your child doesn’t miss a single stroke of genius, and understands how a magnificent painting is created from pallet to canvas. Younger children might appreciate the fabulous splashing and dripping techniques of Jackson Pollock, a pioneer in the Abstract Expressionism movement, so visit videos depicting his passionate process as well.

Art can easily be your kid’s favourite and most fun subject, if you present it to them in an appealing and engaging way. Don’t miss that opportunity by simply flipping through the pages of a textbook. Bring art to life in their own language, with the gizmos and gadgets they already love.