The really exciting thing about teaching art to kids, is that every child is completely different and has a unique way of creating things. Allow your child to create as they wish, and take a look at the list below to better understand the artist that they are.
The Modern Artist
Does your child just love working with colors and shapes? Lines and squiggles? Do they love to just experiment instead of making actual ‘things’ or ‘drawings’? Then he or she might be a budding modern artist. It is completely natural for some children, even after reaching age 8 or 9, to just love creating geometric patterns and shapes.
The Free Spirit
One of my favorite types of art student, is the free spirit. I generally bring an example to every single class… because young children are visual learners and of course it’s easier to see something, then to spend an hour describing it. The children that take my idea but make it completely their own are free spirits. They go the extra mile to be creative and take the initiative to always ‘do their own things’. The free spirit kind of child, is usually the type that will become a professional artist as an adult 😉
The examples of art projects I present, are copied exactly by my ‘perfectionist’ students. They love to replicate every single color and method I use. They don’t like to deviate at all from the project I’ve presented… and that’s completely fine with me! It shows me that they are paying attention and that they love to achieve.
Have a question or concern about your child’s creative development? Send me a message or add a comment below! I’d love to shed some light…
Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley designs murals for kids rooms in Jersey City, and offers kid friendly artwork and decor to the community through her business ‘Lady Lucas’.