Most artistic leanings are identified early, usually while a child is in grade school. While you may have hopes that your child will be the next Jackson Pollock or Andy Warhol, you are going to have to slow down enough to observe whether or not your child is inclined toward creating art.
- Observe your child doodling or drawing when he thinks you’re not watching. Most children are hams and will try to put their best foot forward to impress a parent. It is when they are lost in their art that their true level of skill and talent shows.
- Find out if your child really likes to do arts and crafts. Never force a child to engage in an endeavor –expose him to as many art forms as you can and leave the rest up to him. If he is really fascinated and engaged by the art form, he will ask endless questions about what he saw, tell you he wants to do the same thing or try to duplicate what he saw. This is the best gauge of a child’s interest in a given art or craft.
- Do not kid yourself. Be honest with yourself when looking at your child’s artwork. Take the proud mommy or daddy hat off first and see if the artwork truly shows skill and talent worth developing.
- Talk with the art and home economics teachers. Your child’s teachers are trained to spot budding talent and it would be a good idea to confer with them about possible arts and crafts or culinary lessons, including teachers and schools, for your child.
- Let your child move at his own pace. Do not rush your child along the path to artistic development. With artists and budding artists, inspiration and the completion of an opus happen not a minute after it is destined to happen.
- Be supportive, but don’t be pushy. Most artistic talent thrives and grows when given a combination of supportiveness and privacy. Finance the lessons and the materials and show your interest, but leave the child alone when his creative juices are following.
- Don’t weigh your child down with your own frustrations and expectations. Allow his interest to develop naturally, through exposure to art. Allow your child to decide to take up a particular art or craft because his interest is piqued, not because mommy or daddy wanted to do that and couldn’t.
Top three art-related fields that kids find interesting
1) Dancing (31 percent)
2) Painting (26 percent)
3) Cooking (21 percent)