As a mom, I also tried to instill the love art in my own children. I tried to make sure that they had a variety of supplies with which to work that would help foster their own creativity. I had the privilege of being their art teacher at home as well as at school and their artwork always graced the front of our refrigerator, sometimes making it into a frame on the wall. My son’s burlap and yarn penguin that he made in elementary school still hangs on my refrigerator. It makes me smile. My daughter’s acrylic and watercolor paintings she made in fourth grade and college hang on my walls. Her personality shines through both of these. Their pottery is stilled displayed on bookshelves. Having the freedom to express their ideas and feelings through their artwork along with exposure to artists and artworks through visits to a variety of art museums (I believe) has helped them gain an appreciation of the arts and has helped shape the adults they are today.
March is Youth Art Month –a whole month dedicated to the creation and celebration of art! Administered by the Council for Art Education, Y.A.M. has been nationally recognized as a time to promote awareness and advocacy for art in our schools and excellent art education for our youth since 1961. The arts are everywhere and today’s youth are our future artists and designers! How can you help your child celebrate Youth Art Month? Here are a few ideas:
- Encourage your child’s creativity by displaying their artwork at home or at work.
- Foster a creative atmosphere by providing resources such as free-time, art materials and a place where he/she can create.
- Turn found materials (brown grocery bags, cardboard, scrap paper, yarn, buttons, noodles, etc.) into works of art.
- Make your own paint or play dough.
- Talk about your favorite artists and share your passion for the arts.
- Ask questions and talk to them about their art.
- Draw with them.
- Visit a local art museum/gallery.
- Encourage them to participate in this year’s NCCS Youth Art Month Drawing Challenge.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
- Albert Einstein