Inspiration Station: Art to Inspire Kids
The Aspiring Young Artist’s Space
A child’s mind is awash with ideas. Harnessing their creative force is sometimes easier said than done.
Just like their adult counterparts, that passion for their craft is really important and might never grow at all if it isn’t carefully nurtured.
Having a dedicated space where arts and crafts are always ok is a great start. It might be a loft, a basement, a spare room or even a shed, but a place where the younger artist feels safe to just let loose within their art makes it far more likely that they will continue to experiment.
Like any art space, it should have good light and enough space to comfortably create. Keeping the space well-stocked with the necessary materials is important, too. Once inspiration strikes, you don’t want a lack of paint or paper to quell it.
A child’s mind is awash with ideas. Harnessing their creative force is sometimes easier said than done. Finding their passions and nurturing that appetite and ambition is a great way to bring out the best of their abilities.
The walls of your child’s bedroom or playroom are a canvas by which you can promote creativity. From educational pieces to art featuring their favourite animal or cartoon characters. A child’s room should reflect their age, their personality and their interests.
Imitation is a great way to learn. Many children like to recreate what they see. This is instinctively how we have learnt for eons. By giving your children a wider variety of inspiration, you can help guide them towards their strengths.
Keeping the ball rolling when the kids get home from school or during their school holidays provides much more than bonding time. By showing them how to have fun with arts and crafts you supply them with a means to replace boredom and procrastination with fun and excitement.
There are hundreds of activities you can try at very little cost, using items you find around your home. Of course, you can always get the paper and pens out, but what about using a candle first to draw secret messages revealed with pens afterward?
Using a candle, much like you would a pen, you can write a message or code on the paper. Due to its waxy nature, when you draw on the paper afterward with a felt-tip pen, the wax blocks the pen's ink revealing the secret code, message, or drawing. The same technique can be used for drawing and colouring to bring out interesting results.
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This takes careful supervision but also offers fantastic results. The goal is to use different materials to create different textures on your canvas. Using a suitable piece of wood as your canvas, mix up some Plaster of Paris and give the wood a healthy coating.
With a wide array of materials such as string, beads, and crumpled paper, and using tools like a fork, skewer or toothpick. Add textures to the Plaster of Paris before removing any materials and leaving them to dry. Once dried, you’ll be left with a textured canvas that can be painted if you choose to do so. You might choose to leave it as it is, a glossy coat of PVA glue will make for a fantastic finish.
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Splat art can be messy. You’ll need a large space and some old sheets to go down. A fun activity for the youngest of children, it requires virtually zero artistic skill. With a space set out, sheets down on the floor you can set about arranging your paper or canvases on the floor, in the middle of the sheets.
Setting out a range of coloured paints and tools by which you can ‘splatter’, paint is flicked, shaken, and lashed onto the paper. Brushes, basters, forks and sieves will all come in handy for creating different effects. The main object is not to paint. All other manors of getting the paint on the paper is allowed. Drip it, splash it, flick it. Have fun with it.
However you decide to spend your time with your children, we hope you have fun and create some great art as well as loving memories. Inspiring pieces for kid’s rooms can be found in our children’s art section. There are a fantastic range of canvases, framed pictures, and posters with multiple styles, designs, and genres to choose from, just Click here.