There are a lot of great activities that you and your child can do at home to help foster their love of art.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Practice using shapes to draw people and animals.
- Color with crayons, markers and colored pencils. Practice staying inside the lines and using your hand to color rather than your whole arm.
- Draw outside with sidewalk chalk.
- Visit Art For Kids Hub online and draw along with their tutorials.
- Look carefully at the world around you. Notice where the horizon is, how objects overlap and how objects are comprised of shapes.
- Use food coloring or paint to experiment with how colors mix. You can do this with slime, cookie icing and lots of other FUN stuff!
- Paint with water on the sidewalk. Practice holding a paintbrush properly.
- Use watercolor or tempera paint to make your own creations.
- Watch "The Joy of Painting" with Bob Ross.
- Use large pieces of paper, tape it to the wall or fence and get messy making BIG art!
CERAMICS & SCULPTURE:
- Play with Play-doh, Crayola Model Magic or modeling clay.
- Build with blocks, Keva Planks or Legos.
- Practice folding paper, make paper fans or origami.
- Create with pipe cleaners or other easily bendable wire. Practice connecting and twisting the wire.
- Create diaramas or other 3-D scenes.
- Practice cutting different shapes. Cut along a line or try to "draw with scissors" and cut without a line.
- Practice using liquid glue. Notice how little you need to make it really stick.
- Create scrapbook pages, greeting cards or posters using paper, scissors and glue.
- Create art with Washi tape. Practice tearing the tape with your fingers.
- Cut out pictures from magazines. Put them together to make your own image.
TEXTILE ART (WEAVING & STITCHERY):
- Practice tying knots. (Learning how to tie shoes is great practice for this!)
- Use a Rainbow Loom or embroidery floss to create friendship bracelets.
- Work on a small cross stich kit.
- Play with lacing cards.
- Visit the Barefoot Weavers Studio in Purcellville.
- Play with stamps and ink pads.
- Create your own potato stamps.
- Create art with your handprints or fingerprints.
- Use toys (espcially toy cars) to create impressions in Play-Doh. Explore the different shapes and patterns you can create.
- Dip your toys in paint then stamp them on paper.
- Visit one of the many FREE art museums in Washington D.C.
- Visit the many artists galleries in and around Loudoun County (The Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour is a great event, usually in June.)
- Check out the NGA Kids ArtZone online.
- Check out #metkids online.
- Go for hikes, work in the garden, take nature walks, notice as many details as possible.