Author: colleen madonna williams
Published on: August 20, 2000
Instilling a love of the Visual Arts within your child may sound like a
daunting task. It does not have to be! The world is full of opportunities
for families to view, discuss, and enjoy the Visual Arts together. Try
some of these fun activities with your child or children this week! Use
construction paper to cut out sets of the following Art tabs; green
dollars, red hearts, yellow light bulbs, and blue houses. Make a set for
each member of your family. With your tabs in hand venture out to the
closest Art museum or Art gallery.
Tell everyone to wander around viewing the various works of Art. (If your
children are smaller, do this in a group.) Choose your favorite work of
Art in the museum or gallery and write its name on your heart. Smaller
children can just indicate this verbally by waving the heart in front of
their favorite work of Art. Next, look for what you think is the most
expensive work of Art. Write its name on your dollar. The yellow light
bulbs should be used to record the name of the Artwork that you think
conveys the biggest idea. (Maybe its speaks of women's rights, breast
cancer, or prejudice.) The blue houses should be used to record the name
of the Artwork that you would most like to see hanging in your own home.
This may or may not be the same as your overall favorite piece.
Now, discuss the choices you made. Give everyone a chance to explain what
they chose and why. Try to find out who chose the most expensive piece of
Art correctly. Ask what your children think makes that piece of Art so
valuable. Discuss your favorite pieces. What do you like about them? How
did you choose your big idea pieces? What do you think the artist was
trying to say? Why did you choose a particular piece of Art as the piece
you would like to have at home?
Look at a famous Artwork and draw, paint, or sculpt your own version of
it. Do this as a family project. Let everyone contribute something to the
piece. Write a fun caption to go along with it that includes what you
think the artist that you mimicked would say about your family
Go to the library and check out a book on a famous artist. Read about
his/her life and work. Learn how he/she worked and lived. Discuss what
changes have taken place in art techniques and other technologies since
the time of this artist.
Play a running game of Art in Unusual Places. Look for Art in unexpected
places. Watch for pieces of Art shown in commercials, on sit-coms, and in
cartoons. Look for Art in banks, supermarkets, and shopping malls.
Discuss proper Art terms with your children. Learn the meanings of words
such as criticism, aesthetics, production, and history, as they apply to
Art. (Read my first article to get a good idea on how to teach your
children to practice aesthetic scanning.) Use the proper terms when you
Choose an Artwork and use it as a story or poem inspiration. Have every
family member take half an hour to write a short story or poem about the
same piece of Art. How are your writings similar? How are they different?
Discuss how everyone perceives a piece of Art from his or her own unique