Being creative is a valuable skill no matter what age you’re in and what career you decide to forge in the future. And so it’s worth taking the time to nurture your child’s love for creative activities. It can turn into a hobby or even kick off a passion they might want to pursue eventually. Here are some tips to help you inspire your child’s inner artist.
#1 Be a role model
Seeing parents enjoy certain activities will make a child want to do it too. If you want to see your little one pick up a paintbrush, why don’t you try to do it too? Make arts session a time to bond and you will notice just how even more enthusiastic your child becomes. This is also a chance for you to teach them the basics, whether it’s colouring, painting, or sketching.
#2 Take them to places of inspiration
Exposure to museums and galleries will make your child more curious. They could become more interested by seeing the processes or the stories behind the masterpieces. Use this as an opportunity to educate them about history, culture, and the arts. There are also festivals, musicals, plays, and workshops for kids that you may want to attend.
#3 Start with the simple tools
Some creative activities may intimidate your child. To avoid this, start with the easier activities first like colouring and ask them to use simple tools like crayons, pens, and paintbrushes. You can also show them child-friendly videos about arts and creativity to get their attention.
#4 Provide an art space at home
Similar to a study space, an art space offers your child freedom to be the artist they want to be. Stock up on art materials—watercolours, paintbrushes, pens, blank canvasses, you name it. Allow this space to be a place where your child can create anything. Fill it with inspirations too like postcards, photos, or paintings to stimulate their imagination.
#5 Enroll them in an art class
If you’re serious about raising an artist because your child shows potential and great interest, enrolling them in an art class would be the most productive way to hone their talent. Here, they will learn with the guidance of a professional. Modules and activities are designed based on your child’s needs and you’re sure to see some artistic output you can display at home! If it’s performance art, there are also classes that will teach your child the fundamentals as well as steps to progress in their chosen field.
#6 Don’t put too much pressure
Some parents get too adamant when it comes to teaching their kids certain skills that they can raise too much pressure, hindering their little one’s creativity. It’s great to be supportive and provide everything your child needs but creativity does not flourish when the subject is put under too much stress. Let your child have the freedom to imagine and express their own creativity with the tools you have provided.
#7 Provide constructive feedback
When a child shows output or performs in front of you, it’s because they’re proud of what they have accomplished so far. Acknowledge your child’s work and provide constructive feedback that can build them up and encourage them to continue their creative pursuits. Avoid giving remarks that undermine their accomplishments or destroy their self-esteem.