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Mar 13, 2013

Take Time For Art

MaryAnn Gaver

    For kids, the great thing about art is the freedom of doing something fun, creative and imaginative. It's a way for students to express their individuality, engage their imagination and think analytically as they design and build their own pieces of art.  

    My recommendation is to make art whatever you want it to be. If you have younger children, consider putting a variety of play-doh colors on the table and see what they make. Let them relax and unwind. 

    Another idea is to gather some paper and crayons for a simple session on color. What could be nicer than taking out a new box of Crayola crayons and testing all the shades? 

     If you have elementary age students and you're doing a lesson on color, try talking about the adjectives that describe various hues. --- Robin's egg blue, Beaver brown, Lemon sorbet. What does a "fresh and inviting" color look like to you?    

     Delve into a study of texture as you pull sand paper out of the garage, or gather the little sea shells you found at the beach last year. Then compare and contrast those items with a smooth piece of velvet, or a piece of slippery clay.  

     I always kept piles of plain white paper on hand.  After all, what could be more inviting to a budding artist than a blank palette?         

     Art classes can be good if you have the time, and can be especially nice if you join forces with several other families. Whether your kids like to draw, paint, or sculpt --you'll have a balanced homeschool program when you add art to your repertoire. 

    Dads might like to get involved in art this spring by helping the kids with a wood-making project such as making bird houses. Another great idea is to build model airplanes. The sky's the limit when it comes to art!   

     I encourage you to take cues from your kids, get inspired and carve out time this week for art. You have the freedom and latitude to make it whatever you want it to be -- so have fun!