In the article by Cheryl Lock of ArtsEdge.org, she says that "As parents, you do everything to help your child navigate through the ups and downs of childhood and survive with self-esteem...You encourage him to make friends with other children who support him and have similar interests. You probably even sign him up for after-school activities to keep him physically active. You might register him for music or dance lessons and listen to endless recitations of his part in the school’s play. And all of this is great..." But more than keeping them occupied, there are deeper reasons for giving your children the opportunity to develop their artistic skills and creative development.
Having the opportunity to draw, paint, dance, sing, play an instrument, build objects or even listen to music helps a person discover, realize and instill pride in oneself. It also increases opportunities for self-expression and the learning of important real-world skills including critical and creative thinking, hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and social skills.
As for me, creating opportunities to expose myself or my family to art does not need a far-way trip to Europe or enroll in expensive classes or visit adult-only, high-end museums. In our home, I look for ways for my children to draw, paint, color. Of course I feel lucky for being able to include my children to my art classes. But once they tire of it, I make sure they are inspired to try other avenues of creative expression like listening to different types of music. I limit video watching to certain days and instead keep them occupied most of the time with simple toys but give them big ideas of what they can do with it. We have book reading over meal time instead of watching TV. There are afternoon nature walks, play time infused with bath time, keeping old carton boxes or plastic bottles for a while (as toys) before giving it away to recycling centers. And one of the best way to motivate or inspire yourself and (if you're a parent) your children, is to display your/their projects in a prominent area. Display it with pride! Display it because it truly is a great piece! And display it to remind yourself/themselves the process on how you/they were able to achieve that end product.
For parents, this gesture also tackles a few values that are important for your kids. May it be a trophy room, a brag corner, an art display shelf or diploma wall...you teach them confidence by labeling these pieces with their names. You teach them excellence by choosing only their best works. And you teach them respect by showing to others that their best pieces are treated well :)
Simple as that!
I AM TEACHER NANAY DINDI :)
To be honest with you, I'm more of a visual artist rather than a writer/blogger. So "author" to me seemed kinda scary and I couldn't think of any other "tag" to write in this portion than NANAY (mother in Filipino language). Because that's who I really am, a Filipino mother first and an artist-teacher second.