Kids and Art: Part Two
Last week we offered Part One of our art tips to get kids involved in art. As we said then, summer is here and the kids are out of school and looking for something to do. Why not get them involved in some art projects? Last week we concentrated primarily on the array of great art supplies for kids offered by Crayola. This week we'll look at some additional products that you might want to consider for this summer and finish up with some tips on how to get children interested in art.
Art kits, or activity kits as they are sometimes known, are a great way to pique the interest kids may have in creative pursuits. Plenty of options are available, and these are so cool that you'll find yourself wanting to get in on the action.
If you're not familiar with the "Do Art" series, now is the time to check them out. Do Art: Drawing Power comes with a GRIP Graphite Pencil, five Color GRIP Watercolor Pencils, two GRIP Permanent Pencils, a six-inch wood manikin, pencil sharpener, eraser, paint brush, tracing paper, black paper, sketch pad, and illustrated booklet. Do Art: Pottery Studio comes with a pottery wheel and foot pedal, three pounds of synthetic air dry clay, trimming cord with handles, a six-piece sculpting tool set, white base paint, opaque acrylic paints, transparent glaze paints, two paint brushes, sponge, large table cover, and an artists apron. Are you kidding me? Where was this stuff when we were kids? But the fun doesn't stop there.
The summer is a time for summer vacations, right? And whether you're driving to grandma's house or flying to Disney World, traveling with kids is certainly a challenge. So to ease the number of times you'll hear "Are we there yet?" we suggest the Do Art: Travel Easel, which comes with Faber-Castell pastels, markers, chalk, a white board marker, colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, a sponge, and a drawing pad. Multi-functional surfaces include a chalkboard, white board, and drawing easel. And it all fits neatly and compactly in its own case. Similarly, you can try the Go Paint! Activity Travel Pad, where the vibrant, insta-dry colors paint only on Go Paint! paper and not on skin, walls, carpet, or clothes. Yet another kit great for tiny travelers is the Blitz Travel Kitz where you can learn how to draw on the road. Each kit includes a 16-page lesson book, drawing pad, pencil, pencil sharpener, pen, and "carry anywhere" case.
Now that we've discussed a lot of art supplies for kids, let's end with a few tips on getting children interested in art.
- Take your child to a museum or other place where he or she can actually see art.
- Similarly, keep a few art books at home to inspire them.
- Encourage kids to be creative. And if the kid draws a lion with six legs, hey, so be it.
- Frame at least some of their creations. It shows that their work is important to you.
- Do some art and get outdoors by doing some sidewalk art with chalk.
- Encourage creative pursuits over TV and video games.
- Offer lots of artistic choices beyond just using crayons. Explore clay, paints, and other materials.
- Give your child an art journal or sketch book.
- And finally, but perhaps most importantly, provide an environment that welcomes fun, creativity, and imagination.