“Every child is an artist…The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso. Have you experienced this? We have. Our older children are sometimes reluctant to join us in art times. Why is this? I think children and adults need encouragement now and then when it comes to being an artist. Here is help for reluctant artists.
Finger painting with Earth Paints
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Here are some some ideas that might get you and your artists going:
Place Art Supplies Within Sight
- Get all the supplies out. Start doing the art project yourself. Or draw something yourself. Don’t say anything to the children. Just let them notice. And more than likely they will join you.
- I’m going to brag on Phyllis again. I love how she encourages her children in her post, Making School Something With Which They Look Forward.
- Speak to the stomach – get a favorite snack and make it a tea time treat. Put your snack right in the middle of the table near your supplies. Making art inviting goes a long way.
Pick Favorite Subjects and Practice
Let your children paint their favorite characters like Angry Birds art fun!
- My Blue Boat (Teaching Art with Multiple Ages)
- Pete the Cat
- Lentil – shadows and facial expressions
- Cat in the Hat (acrylic tutorial)
- Peter Pan (acrylic tutorial)
Make Art a Habit
- Sketch Tuesday topics offer weekly practice in building art skills. We have found these prompts fun to get the creative juices flowing.
- Just practice.
Try a New Medium and/or a New Resource
The feel of a paintbrush just might refresh the child that is used to crayons. Glue, glitter, mixed media. Declare a day of art so the mess is all during one day and no one has to stop what they are doing. We’ve even been inspired with paint with water pages!
Your student might enjoy entering art in contests.
- Art for Homeschool – an online art show for homeschool students “Any homeschool student 5 through 18 years old can enter the art show.” We’ve enjoyed this so much!
- Organize an art show in your local homeschool group or co-op. (Pictured above, our Homeschool Expo from last week. Each of those sticky notes on the photos and art entries are notes from the judges – feedback, tips, encouragement!)
- State Fair – our state fair has categories for young artists to enter for all media. Ours offers ribbons and cash prizes!
Be Inspired by a Study of Great Artists
One of my favorite quotes from our Inspirational Art Quotes series!
Many a time we look at a piece of art by a famous artist and we are amazed. We look at the artwork another day and notice something else. Maybe we imitate the style of the artist. Learn a little about shading, perspective, light. Simply seeing great works of art can inspire and encourage reluctant artists. How blessed we are by Harmony Fine Arts plans for art and music appreciation (read my full review at The Curriculum Choice). This resource has grown a habit of creating art into a love of art appreciation. I believe that being an artist and studying great artists go hand in hand.
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- Day 1 – What is an Artist?
- Day 2 – Just Practice
- Day 3 – Paint Landscapes
- Day 4 – Name Every Picture
- Day 5 – Paint Simple Shapes of Fruit and Vegetables
- Day 6 – Art in Motion Waterfall Chalk Pastel Tutorial
- Day 7 – Wear Your Art
- Day 8 – Help for Reluctant Artists
- Day 9 – Nurturing Your Artist in High School by Barb McCoy
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What’s your best tip for helping reluctant artists? Do you know of an art contest for budding artists to enter?