How to Talk to Kids About Art

How to Talk to Kids About Art

 

Little 3-year-old Suzy just completed her latest painting. She used different paint colors to draw a series of squiggly lines going in every direction on her paper. “Ta dah!” She squealed. Mommy and Daddy promptly gasped in excitement and exclaimed, “this one is even more beautiful than the last one!” A family hug ensued. The painting was then added to the mini-gallery full of Suzy’s artwork.

In addition to building your child’s self-confidence by complimenting his or her artwork, each time your child completes a piece of work, take the opportunity to have a conversation about the art piece. For example, if you are unsure what the art represents– is it a cat or is it a tree– just ask. Ask if the art piece has a title like the art your child observed during a recent trip to a local museum or gallery. Ask your little artist why she chose to use those particular colors. In addition to saying that the piece is beautiful, go into more detail about what was done well. “The lines are so straight!” “The sun is in just the right spot in the sky.” And let your child know that it is clear just how hard he or she worked on the piece.

Have similar conversations with your child when you go on trips to the museum, or when you look at the art in books. Ask about particular aspects of a piece such as the colors used, the direction of the brush strokes or the media used.

When you ask questions about art, your child will begin to focus on different aspects of art and think critically about it. Ultimately, your child will develop a deeper appreciation of art and the skill and thinking that goes into each piece.

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5 Ways to Organize Your Child’s Art!

5 Ways to Organize Your Child’s Art!

Was getting organized on your list of New Year’s resolutions?  If you have young children, your house is probably overrun with art.  In addition to the gazillions of drawings children create at home, once they start school they create new little masterpieces practically every day.  With both wall and fridge space quickly disappearing, what are you to do with your little one’s creations?  Here are some ideas for organizing and displaying your children’s art. 

 

1) Create a Family Art Gallery.  Do not limit your kid’s art to just the refrigerator door or your child’s room.  Pick a room in the house as your family’s art gallery.  Fill the walls with your family’s art.  Select a room that is “family friendly” such as the family room or media room.  Or, use a hallway.  Purchase or make beautiful frames to properly display the art.  When family or friends visits, proudly give them a VIP tour! Thanks to mylittlebookcase.com for the adorable family art gallery example photo!

2) Create “Look Books.”  There are now several online services such as ArtKive and Blurb that will print images of your artwork and bind them in a soft cover or hardcover book.  Create a new one for each year of your child’s life.  Look books also make great gifts for grandparents!

3) Create Functional Art.   With today’s technology your children’s artwork can be printed on a wide variety of items by companies such as Shutterfly that you can use around the house. Examples include decorative pillows, serving trays, mugs, blankets, and yes . . . even shower curtains! Fill your house with these items and your children’s artwork will never be far away.

4) Create a Digital Gallery. One of the best ways to manage a large amount of artwork is to go paperless.  Make digital images of your child’s artwork by scanning it or taking photos of it and save it into an online image organizer.  You will be able to easily email images of your child’s latest creations to grandma and grandpa, and you will be able to take a sentimental look back at it for years into the future.

5) File it Away. Even if you create look books, a gallery and home accessories with your child’s art, there are bound to be many originals that you are not prepared to discard.  Place the artwork in letter or legal size folders, labeled with each child’s name.   Place the set of folders in a large but shallow lidded box that can be easily stored under a bed.  You can easily add to it. Go through the box from time to time and decide which of your little one’s masterpieces you are ready to let go. 

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

Art Books for Kids

The holidays are here! It’s time to put on your creative gift-giving thinking cap! Here are some beautiful, creative and just darn FUN books that would make great gifts for the kids on your list.

Why give an art book as a gift?  Most kids enjoy creating art.  They love to “get messy” using paint, Play-Doh, glue, and glitter.  However, some kids do not consider themselves to be artists and do not believe they are able to create beautiful art.  Other kids get a little stuck in their creativity and need a nudge to help them expand the types of art they create.  Here are some great books that feature compelling stories and beautiful illustrations that encourage kids to use their imaginations to develop a greater appreciation of the different ways to create art and a greater understanding of the messages that art can convey.

  1. The Beautiful Oops, by Barney SaltzbergHave you ever observed your kids or your students ball up a piece of paper because they made a mistake while drawing?  Well The Beautiful Oops will give your little artist ideas as to how turn what at first seems to be a mistake into something wonderful.
  2. The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is ideal for the hesitant artist who does not quite know where to start.  In response to her teacher’s suggestion that she start off by making a dot, Vashti angrily puts a dot on her paper.  From that dot the word of art opens up to Vashti.
  3. I Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins. Many kids and adults alike are quite creative but have a hard time viewing themselves as artists.  Collins shows that the definition of “artist” is quite broad.  By simply looking closely at objects around them kids will eventually realize that they do indeed have the mind and imagination of an artist.
  4. Why is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrigue. Written by Cajun artist George Rodrigue, Why is the Blue Dog Blue encourages kids to think beyond the obvious when they create art and to make color choices based on the message they want to send through their art.  While Rodrigue’s message may seem complex, the book is written in a way that children will understand and apply it to their own artwork.
  5. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  Oftentimes adults and even other kids do not quite understand drawings created by kids.  However, to the artist the drawing makes perfect sense.  Ish gives encouragement to that child who has become discouraged because his or her artwork has been misunderstood.
  6. Layla the Lonely Ladybug by Sarah E. McManus. This one is not as directly art themed as the others on our list, but the art work in the book is darling and it’s message is heart warming. Buy it here.

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Art Process vs. Art Product

Art Process vs. Art Product

The Process of Creating Art Versus the Finished Art Product

For young children learning art, each new project is an opportunity to explore new materials and new processes.  While the ultimate goal is to complete a specific piece of art, the process of achieving that goal should be more of the focus than the quality of the final product.  For example, if the assignment is to create a picture of a cat using torn paper, it is more important to focus on and understand the steps that each child takes in creating his or her cat.  It is less important that each child’s cat looks radically different.  It is acceptable that one cat has a short tail, another cat has a long tail, and a third child’s cat only has one ear.   The learning takes place through the process, and the final product does not tell the full story of what was learned through the creation of that product.

For a child, the process is exploration.  It is the act of learning.  As your child goes through this necessary process, he or she may not immediately comprehend every nuance of the lesson.  Or he or she may interpret particular details of the lesson in a way that the teacher did not intend.  The final product, as imperfect as it may seem, cannot tell the whole story without the context provided by the process.

So, delight in your child’s unique way of exploring the materials.  Be intrigued by the varying ways that he or she chooses to use the materials.  Ask questions along the way.  During this process, not only will your child learn, but you will also learn from your child.

 

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Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!

Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!

Costume Inspiration From Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Warhol, Mondrian & More!

Make Halloween about more than just candy this year! These fun art master inspired make-at-home costumes will stimulate your child’s creativity and turn Halloween into an art history lesson. 

Here are some of our favorite art history themed costume ideas from the World Wide Web!

 

 This Halloween Become an
Art Masterpiece or a Famous Artist!

Van Gogh- Starry Night

via upload.wikimedia.org

via Imgur

Jackson Pollock

via upload.wikimedia.org

via oceanfulloflemons.wordpress.com

Vermeer- Girl with the Pearl Earring

via blogger.com

via costumesandcakes.blogspot.com

Roy Lichtenstein

via tumblr.com

Via buzzfeed

Via The Neat Life

Edvard Munch- The Scream

via totallyhistory.com

Via Kids Out and About

Da Vinci- Mona Lisa

via files.doobybrain.com

Via Alpha Mom

Via Blue Speckled Pup

Andy Warhol- Pop Art

Via Do More Be More

Via Coolest Homemade Costumes

Mondrian

via wordpress.com

via hangwithbigpictureframing.com

Grant Wood- American Gothic

Via blogs.cas.suffolk.edu

Via seakettle.com

Van Gogh- Self Portrait

Via arthistorymom.com

 

Frida Kahlo

via Art History Mom

Via Oh Happy Day

Andy Warhol

Via gbllifestyle.com

Via bbmondo.com

Via Oh Happy Day

Bob Ross

Via W V Public

Via Bu Buh Du Designs

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to positively influence the lives of children.

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Lunches of Love

Lunches of Love

What do you get when you combine kids, art, lunch bags and a mission to cheer up the families of sick children?

Another great art lesson!

This summer, Kidcreate Studio partnered with Lunches of Love to donate 10,000 decorated paper lunch bags to be distributed (and hopefully to cheer up) sick children and their families. Lunches of Love is in partnership between Ronald McDonald House and The American Family Children’s Hospital. 

 

All around the country, Kidcreate students added their own creative touches and love to thousands of lunch bags.

We are sooooo proud of the inspirational, kind, funny, artistic, colorful, and all around beautiful bags our students created!

 


Empathy, compassion, and love are just a few more lessons art can teach!

 

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Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

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influence the lives of children.

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