Summer Event – Activities for Kids – Artwork

Sometime back, we had interviewed Linda Travers as our Woman in Question. Linda is an art teacher and an entrepreneur who runs the very successful Abrakadoodle art franchise in Atlanta. She has extensive experience in working with kids around art. Here are some of her thoughts as you plan art for the summer with your kids.

 

On what Art brings to the table for children:

According to Americans for the Arts, art has been found to benefit children academically and in terms of overall development in many ways. This includes:

·       Improve kids’ overall academic performance.

·       Show that kids actively engaged in arts education are likely to have higher test scores than those with little to no involvement.

·       Develop skills needed by the 21st century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, teamwork and more.

·       Teach kids to be more tolerant and open.

·       Allow kids to express themselves creatively and bolster their self-confidence.

·       Keep students engaged in school and less likely to drop out.

 

How can parents encourage art in their kids at home?

 

  • Provide art supplies and materials for the child : Some good products are: CrayolaÒ Crayons, Crayola Tempera Paints, Crayola Water Colors, Brushes: no. 6 and 12 tapered watercolor brushes, Tempera brushes, Crayola Markers, Watercolor Paper, Construction Paper, Clay, Crayola Glue Sticks, Crayola, Scissors, Bingo Markers (make sure they are non-toxic), Crayola Colored Pencils, Pencils, Sidewalk Chalk, Scraps of Paper, Material etc.
  • Make a space for the child to create.  Be sure you have room and an area where you can allow kids to get messy!
  • Demonstrate techniques (do not do the art for the child)
  • Teach children how to use materials properly
  • Encourage the process of art – it is not the end product but the exploration of the child.
  • Talk to the child about what he/she is doing
    • Describe what you see: “I see that you used red here”
    • Talk about the child’s actions: “Some of your lines go up and down.”
    • Ask about the process: “How did you make that color?”
    • Ask open-ended questions “What else can you do to your picture?”
    • Encourage and support “You worked a long time on your picture.”
  • Respect and validate a child’s efforts: Value the child’s art – display it in an honored place. Start a gallery of the child’s work.  Purchase inexpensive frames or matting for display.

You can access Linda’s previous interview here and her site for Abrakadoodle Summer Camps and Art classes here.

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