Children usually prefer open-ended art and new ways of creating something unique, which they are proud to call their own. When the art allows them to explore a variety of tools, techniques and materials, the experience becomes enjoyable and instills confidence in little minds.
According to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum study, children who participated in an art education programme, performed better on six different categories of literacy and critical thinking skills than those who did not. We all know that different types of art develops creativity in a child. It has also been proved by research that art builds a child’s imagination, develops better communication skills and contributes to the overall well-being of the child.
Here are some amazing techniques that artists are exploring these days and art teachers around the world are using in classrooms, to encourage their students to widen their horizons:
Also called Pointillism, dot art is a unique technique that uses dots to create art. It has a wide range and can be explored through different mediums and materials. Focus on using this for an unstructured, creative activity and you would be amazed at the results.You can teach your child to create artwork depicting animals or birds, using dots made with pencil or paints. The options are limitless -- use cotton swabs, ear buds or the back of a pencil and dab these with different hues of paint to create a vibrant canvas. Children can also use crayons and sketch pens. Another dot art technique is to use bubble rap or the bottom of a muffin tin dipped in paint, to make unique stamp art. Encourage the kids to try aboriginal dot painting, on unique surfaces such as smooth rocks, fabric or wood. Here is how your child can try it --
Folding and Dyeing Art
This is a technique inspired by the Shibori art, which is popular in fabric dyeing. For children, folding and dyeing involves folding tissue papers in a variety of ways and then dipping the ends in paint. Folding is also an elaborate activity -- it would be done in triangles, accordion (zig-zag) style and so on. Children will love the surprise element in this art form, as the patterns emerge only after the tissue paper is opened. The excitement of getting new designs every time and the fact that they can independently indulge in this art, makes children fascinated with this art technique.
Has your child looked at a greeting card or a sign board with unique handwritten letters and wondered aloud how those pretty, functional art pieces are created? Lettering is the technique used in art, graphic design and typography, where hand-drawn letters are created on any object or surface. Lettering may also be drawn or applied using stencils. You can start children with making lettering for simple greeting cards and bookmarks, using their own imagination on what they want to write. They can add small drawing and doodles to the project, based on the theme. This is an amazing technique and all you need is a few different coloured markers, fine tip pens and pencils, apart from the surface you are planning to do the lettering on. Children can start with white-coloured card stocks. It is a great way to enhance their creativity. Here's how:
Melted crayon art
This art technique is immensely popular with pre-teens and teenagers because it is not just visually striking but also a lot of fun to create. The art trend is a big hit even with artists and art teachers right now, who want to try something distinct. All you need is many boxes of crayons and a canvas. Melted crayon art can be created using either a blow dryer or a glue gun. Both methods are messy and that’s why it is so appealing to the kids’ brigade. Typically, the crayons are glued to the canvas and melted. The dripping crayon makes a kaleidoscope of patterns and shapes based on the colours used. You can arrange the crayons according to the colours of the rainbow or mix them all up for a vibrant display. Another variation to this technique is to use leftover broken crayons, which are arranged on a canvas and melted accordingly.
Art know no boundaries and the medium and materials that children can use to create art is as unlimited as their vast imagination. Use these art techniques to bond with your little one and engage them in creative pursuits that will aid in their development. Let them shine.