Art is everywhere. While some children may not express an obvious interest in artwork, they see art in lots of their favourite things, such as their TV shows and books. Explaining what is art can seem like an abstract concept but one that is invaluable to your child’s imagination.
Artistic learning can have a significant influence in a child’s development. From critical thinking and problem solving skills to cultural awareness, the arts promote a range of extremely valuable skills.
With the summer holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to start exploring the arts with some fun family activities. Our guide will not only help you fill your child’s days with engaging activities but give you both a chance to explore your artistic side.
Hyperrealism and its illusion of reality is a great place to start
Finding an access point for art is key. A great way of showing children the amazing capabilities of art is with hyperrealism.
Hyperrealism, the style of art where paintings are made to look like high-resolution photographs wows adults and children alike with the artist’s ability to create something so realistic. The exceptional art movement will easily garner the attention of your children and demonstrate what can be achieved through time and effort.
While you can view these photo realistic paintings online, the best way to show your child these amazing pieces is by visiting a gallery. One of the premier places in the world to see hyperrealism is at Plus One Gallery in London. An art gallery dedicated to the promotion of the hyperrealism movement, holding up to six exhibitions a year, it gives you several chances to see their work, and revisit if you really like it.
You can ask your child about the art, asking if they think it's a photograph or not? Get them to consider how long it would take and the skills involved. Ask them to find a favourite and tell you why. This will also give you the chance to answer questions - or read them from helpful plaques near the paintings.
Let the creativity run wild and make your own art pieces together
As with anything educational for children, it's about making it enjoyable for them. If they are having a good time, they are more likely to retain what they’ve learned and gain a genuine interest.
Pick an art movement to explore, such as abstract, gothic or futurism, showing your child images by different artists and talking about the movement in its time. You can also explore different techniques by checking out arts and crafts ideas online.
Then you can get your child to draw some pictures of the family, pets or things around your home in the style they most respond to. By exploring different styles and letting children find and choose their own creative medium, you can help strengthen their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Explore other kinds of arts such as galleries and plays
Whether you live near a big city, such as London or Edinburgh, or not, there are galleries everywhere. Even small towns will likely have a local artist of two showing and sharing their work.
Alternatively, you can introduce your child to other arts, such as acting and storytelling. Local plays are usually a bit more affordable than West End Shows and can be just as good. If your child really responds to what they are seeing then seek out a local class for them to join.
If you’re a creative type yourself then why not help them to write a story of their own creation and let them act it out for you.
The key is simply having fun with the arts
Even with all your effort, you child might end up not liking decorative arts. And that’s fine, everyone can become captivated by art, it’s just about finding the right artistic medium. Whether that is decorative, constructed, performing arts or literature.
Your role is simply to introduce them to a range of styles and allow them to find their favourites.