Before starting a conversation with a child about art think about what you know about it. Start studying the history of painting, music, cinema and other arts. Go to exhibitions, to movie premieres, to concerts. Then the desire to introduce the child to art will be supported by their own experience and impressions, and this is already half the battle.
You will need
- art manuals;
- visits to libraries;
- the Internet.
Buy an album with reproductions of paintings by famous masters. Consult with the seller in the store, which of the albums is suitable for collaboration with a child. Before you start talking about art with your baby, flip through the album yourself. Select the most interesting and suitable in your opinion the work. Make bookmarks. Write down the names of the paintings and artists whose names you noted for yourself. If the purchased book is just an album and does not contain any additional information, collect the information yourself. To do this, you can go to the library or look on the Internet.
Start classes. Spend a few hours a week talking about art with your child. Let him become accustomed to communicating with you on the topic of art. Why is it easier and more correct to start with painting? Because of all the art forms, perhaps, it will be understood by the baby most of all. On his own experience, he probably already managed to get acquainted with what drawing is. Therefore, it will be easier for him to penetrate the secrets of the art of drawing than to study music, literature or cinema.
Begin the lesson by getting acquainted with the picture. Open the reproduction in front of the baby. Ask him to carefully look at the picture. Talk to him about what he sees. Notice what is the first thing he notices in the picture. Then ask what is shown on it. Surprises may await you here. Regarding the plot of the picture, the child can put forward the most unusual versions. It is difficult for him to catch the story that is depicted in the picture, so he will most likely begin to list the individual objects depicted. Your task is to confirm his observation. “The picture really shows all the items that you listed, but let’s see what this picture is about?” Teach him to see the integrity, and not the individual components of the canvas.
Move on to a discussion of the ways in which the artist embodied his idea. It is better to speak without using technical terms. You yourself can name them, but do not demand this from the child. Your task is not to raise an art historian in a few lessons, but to instill in the child a desire to turn to art and provoke an emotional experience from the canvas. Ask your child why the artist used these particular colors for this painting. If you are considering a landscape, give the child the opportunity to reason why the sky, water, leaves are of such shades? Of course, there is a more or less harmonious art history concept about this, but your task is to make the child think, concentrate, peer into the picture, and not give an exact answer.
Don’t give your child an exam. Do not require him to know special terminology. Let him become attached to your activities as something very natural to him.
Let this be more of a game than a lesson. Only then can you instill in your child a love and interest in art.
Visit museums with your child. Try to organize these trips in such a way that the child does not get the impression of the museum as something boring.
Joke with him, constantly ask what he thinks about this or that picture. Get a “favorite” picture, which you will come to look at all the time, and at the same time, study the rest.