I’m no good at art!! I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. I’m terrible at drawing…
How many times have you heard someone you know say something like that? Have you tried to incorporate art into your homeschool or tried to start your child with a new artistic hobby only to have them get frustrated or feel like they’re no good??
Do you have bins of unused paints, colored pencils, pens that go unused because your child lost interest because they were frustrated with their results??
I taught art classes at a local Music & Art store for years, and I always hated when I heard kids say they were no good at art.
I firmly believe that everyone has artistic talent, everyone can benefit from the creative outlet that art provides, it’s just a matter of finding what kind of art you enjoy!!
Think beyond painting and drawing- When people think art their mind usually goes to painting and drawing. While some excel with these mediums others don’t. Many times kids get frustrated especially if they’re trying for something realistic and it doesn’t turn out the way they wanted it. Learning to shade, blend colors, and create depth in painting and drawing takes a lot of patience, something I know my kids don’t have!
Try something 3-D- If your child doesn’t do well with painting or drawing or other 2D mediums start thinking in 3D!! Building with clay, sculpting out of pipe cleaners or wire.. There are so many options for building art!! One of our favorites is pottery! After playing with an app on his phone that let you throw pots Daniel became fascinated with pottery. So when we found Pottery Cool he was excited to try it. Unlike traditional pottery wheels the Pottery Cool wheel uses gravity to help form your project around a mold making it super easy for little hands! (and you can pick it up online or at your local Walmart!)
Take a look at it in action-
Once your clay project is finished you can decorate it with extra clay and then paint it to keep the creativity going!
The Pottery Cool set comes with instructions to make fun projects like a jewelry holder or smart phone speaker, so your child can have blast creating things that they can use every day! Or they can just get creative and make something that’s their very own!
Pottery and working with clay has always been a favorite of mine and my boys! I love that with Pottery Cool they can have fun creating pottery at home!
When you think about sculpting and 3D art tons of new possibilities open up!
Try Collage – One of my favorite mediums to introduce kids to is collage! Making creations by using pictures from old books or magazines is so much fun. Collage allows kids to use someone else’s creation to make something of their own! Think outside the box with this one. Use an ad for broccoli to create trees in your picture. Make a person riding a dog… collage is a great for fantasy or super creative pictures. No drawing involved, just fun cutting and pasting!
Make Abstract Art– Maybe your child loves painting but can’t seem to make the realistic pictures they want. Try some abstract art!! Painting in giant shapes, splatters, patterns or dots can result in beautiful art work! Think about cubism, or extremely stylized paintings and help your child understand that all painting doesn’t look realistic! Take a look at the work of Picasso, Jackson Pollock, or Georgia O’Keef to see stylized, abstract paintings!
Take Some Pictures! – Another amazing art form that is often overlooked when it comes to teaching kids is photography!! Cameras can be expensive, but the good news is your child doesn’t need crazy great equipment to get started. A decent digital camera, or even a smart phone with a good camera can get them started taking pictures! Take them out into nature, let them photograph while on vacation, set up a photo shoot with the family pet! Taking pictures and learning to capture light is a very rewarding way to let creativity loose!
With a little encouragement and trying different things you are sure to find an art medium your child loves and can create their own amazing works of art!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.