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How to talk to your child about art



Art has the power to capture, inspire and sparkle imaginations. It can transport one’s imagination to different worlds, evoke hidden emotions and change our perspectives. It is believed that open and engaging conversations about art between parents and children can cultivate a long-term interest and appreciation for art and its significance.


Here are some tips for parents for having a meaningful conversation about art with their child:


  1. Start with Questioning and Observation: Don’t put your own interpretations at first. Start by asking your young one what feelings evoke when they observe a particular artwork. Discuss their interests and feelings around art. You can ask questions like, “What do you see in this picture?” or “how do you feel looking at this artwork?”

  2. Explore a variety of Interpretations: Encourage your child to be involved in multiple interpretations of the artwork. This can be helpful to develop their emotional intelligence. Discuss about the artist and his intention of the artwork. Provide information about different artworks while also welcoming the interpretation of your child. Help your child to understand that art is not definitive or limited, but rather about infinite imagination and perspectives.

  3. Connect your Personal Experiences: Draw connections between the artwork and your family’s personal experiences around a certain theme. Make your child aware that though art is imaginative yet it has a touch of the real world. The art has the humane characteristics of the artist encoded in it.

  4. Use Simple and Age-appropriate Language: Try to avoid using technical and advanced language for children. Keep it simple and age-appropriate. The motive is to evoke interest in the child about art rather than teaching them about the technicalities of the art world. Make sure that your children understand the artwork while enjoying the conversation.

  5. Welcome questions and confusions: There are no right and wrong answers while interpreting art. Everyone has their own set of imagination and understanding. Don’t get irritated with their curiosity even if it comes with silly questions about the shape or the colour. A lighthearted conversation is all that your child needs for the moment.

  6. Allow artistic expression of your Child: Create opportunities for your children to help them explore their artistic expression. Introduce them to various mediums of art and let them choose their favourite. This will help them to express their emotions via art and deepen their understanding.

  7. Visit Art Museums and Galleries Together: Plan family trips to different art museums and galleries to experience the art of marvellous artists. Engage and involve in art workshops along with your children to broaden your children’s exposure to diverse artistic styles and techniques.

Keep in mind, that the goal is to talk to your child about art and not impose your own views on them or make them art history experts. All the above tips can help you and your child to have a better understanding of the art world. By creating a supportive and open environment for your child, you can help your child marvel thatgain a deeper understanding of art and its ability to enrich life.




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