I had purchased the book Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors a few months back.
Zahra took the greatest interest in the book and we read it a few times. She said Vincent Van Gogh still remains her favourite all time artist but she has a definite interest in Matisse. She created her own Matisse inspired cut-out.
Since then there have been days of sketching that stretch for hours at a time.
Both kids love searching online for a picture they have in mind to draw, or a video that they want to follow and use to learn how to sketch. They grab their materials and draw.
One excellent website they use and love is artforkidshub.com
They use different mediums, pictures that are fun and relevant to young people, and to top it off the artist’s children are the ones drawing on the video. I find my kids prefer videos and learning where there are other actual children that are in the creation process.
I cannot say enough about why art must be a part of the learning process. This goes not only for homeschoolers, but traditional school as well.
Art naturally builds your creative thinking, critical thinking, verbal skills, creative problem solving and cognitive ability as well. The arts of course, include not only sketching and drawing, but music, movement and performance as well.
The beauty of art allows it to play a part in every element of learning. Drawing a map, acting out a history lesson or story, creative writing, adding your own illustrations to a story, writing lyrics or music for a song, studying art history, examining design, music or dance from a specific culture or country. It can stand alone or be incorporated into each project.
We are also adding activities and visits to the local fine arts centre in our area.
We love hearing of ways that others incorporate art and creativity into their lives and family. Do you also feel that arts education is crucial?
Here are some interesting links and studies on the value of art education in a child’s life.