In his last article I tried to explain briefly how to understand a work of art as “read” the message that the artist gave to us using paints and brushes. To make the “reading” process is even more interesting, let’s try to involve his children.
Firstly, even if your child does not subsequently become a painter, a sculptor or an art, from childhood he learns to navigate the world of culture. His vision, speech, the palette of his interests, the ability to think, even the circle of friends will be diversified and richer. You activate the imagination and memory of the child may awaken the desire to learn new things and explore unknown science.
Second, talk about art in the family, the discussion of exhibitions, concerts and books, learning something new together very enrich your communication will help you make friends and really interesting for each other people.
Parents often wonder at what age they should acquaint the child with the world culture. I am deeply convinced – with anyone, and it is better to start before birth. Here are a few simple rules that will make this process fun for both sides.
Rule №1 (it is the same thing): Start with yourself.
Interested in yourself that you want to pass on to their children. Nothing can infect the baby desire to learn and see something new rather than genuine enthusiasm for their parents. If you are genuinely interested in what you can see, for example, in a museum or at an exhibition, the child will understand that it is really worth the attention it inquisitive child’s imagination immediately respond to even the most seemingly difficult to understand the work.
In my life, the first acquaintance with the museum took place in two and a half years old when my mother took me to an exhibition of fans in the Ostankino Palace. Of course, I know now the details of the stories of eyewitnesses, but some images are still (!) Stand in front of my eyes. The museum mother admired the splendor of antique fans and constantly shared with me his impressions. Out on the street, it is, of course, asked me if I liked it. I thought and gave:
“I vmutri museum!” (That is, the inside).
Apparently, I wanted to say that everything I saw kept in his heart. (To be able to me now so aptly express their thoughts). Of course, I think I wanted to imitate her mother if she admired – so it’s really beautiful!
And here we come to the second rule, which is inextricably linked to the first.
Rule №2: Share with your child not only their experiences, interested in his opinion.
Give your child understand that his efforts of thinking, the tension of attention were not in vain, show that you’re interested in what he thinks about what he saw.
First, you activate his imagination, he will try to understand and articulate their experiences.
And secondly, your mind will become a precious reward for all the efforts for it, which he put to concentrate, not capricious in the crowd of adults and not be distracted by anything extraneous. I remember as a child and how important it was for me, when adults were considered with my opinion, I have listened to and discussed something with me. And at times it was a shame to feel myself a child, as a ratio of “underdevelopment” adult (fortunately, I is not very common, and never from the parents).
The child – a whole that have invested the most close people, parents in it. If you think that he does not understand you, with him not to talk about, it might be worth while to try to listen to it? Let visit the art gallery will be your first joint task: make an effort, make yourself at least half an hour devoted to a discussion of art with her child. I’m pretty sure that you will learn a lot of new and exciting, not only about his Chad, but also the picture that you thought you knew the rope
Rule №3: Listen to your child.
I fully agree with those psychologists who believe that all children are brilliant, and the task of parents – to discover their natural talents. Show them and artistic, and historical and scientific museums, drive in theater and concerts. The more the baby sees, the easier it is to navigate the world of culture.
Listen to his wishes: the fact that now he was not impressed, may like a year or two. At a certain age the child is easier to perceive the romantic landscape painting, in another – a psychological portrait. Perhaps, from an early age it is easy to understand the abstraction of Kandinsky – encoded in non-objective painting emotions and moods, children often read much faster than adults burdened with conditionalities.
Almost all my friends guides share similar experiences: first, small children easily perceive the sculpture, and then painting. Like humanity, which began with Venus figurines and archaic Kouros, and later mastered the skill of the two-dimensional image. I remember that at the age of three exhibition of paintings makes me melancholy, while in the next room of the Pushkin Museum, I will not take casts of ancient sculpture. I paused, as if spellbound, and nothing could distract me – had caretaker to let me into the room, closed at this time to visit. And only a couple of years to learn the entire collection of casts of the museum, I felt a curiosity to the pictures.
Rule №4: Calculate the force.
Of course, two or three years, it is not necessary to load large toddler serious exposures. Introduction to art in any case should not be associated with fatigue, he and coercion. The only way to develop a child’s mind and heart – to awaken in him a desire to know more than could be seen today.
This also applies to more adult, but the novice art lover. If your student has never been in a museum, warm his interest, tell us how exciting and fascinating lives of those who regularly attend various exhibitions, admires beauty, finds each time something new about the richness and diversity of the world. But let’s first visit will not be very long, it is better to examine carefully a few smaller rooms than the run of the day all the Hermitage and discourage a child for life the desire to repeat the test.
Rule №5: Play!
Easiest children agree on any experiment, if this experiment is presented to them in the form of games. In the last article we discussed the basic rules of the analysis of works of art. For children, these rules are the same, but to understand them it will be much easier if you ask them to just play.
Think of all the family members of some common task, for example, find a picture of some small object. Especially fun to look for something on the canvases of the Impressionists: tell your child that if he sees only near multicolored strokes, one must take a few steps back and make a subject appear as if by magic!
Ask your child to non-obvious issues that require associative thinking. What kind of music will suit a particular painting or sculpture? What thinks the character image? On a literary hero, he looks like?
From simple tasks you can move on to more complex. Please note children on the main artistic techniques used by the author. Discuss the composition, the balance of its parts, movement, light and color in the work. Another game that is addicting and art-students to learn the material: looking at the picture, try to remember all the details of it, close your eyes and play them all in memory. I think children like to do it with you.
And finally …
Now every museum and education center there are numerous children’s programs, guided tours and workshops. It is gratifying to see with what enthusiasm and excitement the kids respond to the questions of teachers, who, in turn, actively involve children in discussions of works of art. Often their responses are striking in their living immediacy, freshness and brightness.
Once your baby will be able to attend these events, I recommend to take advantage of it, and even better to find family activities for children with parents. After all, I repeat, there is nothing that will inspire the child to the knowledge, as your interest.
That is why it is not necessary to shift art education completely on the shoulders of teachers. No classes with professionals will not replace your communication with children. Believe me, the time devoted to art with knowledge of the child not only to develop his abilities, but also enrich you with new and very valuable experiences, makes it easier to find a common language (and not only with the child, but also with other relatives) and to strengthen your family.