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What we have taken for granted all this while, ‘The innocence of our children’, is slowly getting threatened by the harsh realities of the world around them.

In such a scenario, it is important to equip them with certain tools by which they are able to handle themselves, express what they feel and throw out at least a part of that emotional turmoil that they experience without letting it get to a stage where subtle, irreversible damage can happen to their emotional and physical state.

TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH ART IS ONE OF THE BEST GIFTS YOU CAN GIVE THEM, and we cant stress this enough.

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The freedom that they get, to throw out their feelings and emotions through painting and art, especially in a way that is so frank and easy, can be a wonderful way for them to have an outlet for anger (a strong emotion that most children don’t understand), aggression (a way to show uncontrolled emotions), sadness and depression (yes, children display subtle signs of this which often-times go unnoticed.

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Follow these few simple steps regularly, anytime of the day, whether at home or school, and watch these little miracles you will see come out of it.

  1. Give a child a wide variety of art supplies. These maybe pens, markers, pencils, crayons, paper, scissors and paint colors. Just give them all the tools, and you never know when inspiration strikes and what kind of work can be inspired by it. Be ready for anything that may come up.

  2. As you give the child art tools, keep talking softy to them andask them to think about how they feel and express that in any way on paper.

  3. Once you guide them initially,just step back and let the child do his thing.

DON’T comment on what the child must do.

DON’T give guidance of any kind.

DON’T correct or point out something is right or wrong. Probably the hardest part, this is an ABSOLUTE MUST!

As adults, we are always programmed or think it is our duty to guide and correct the child, but in such a case, it can be counter-productive. Remember, we don’t want them to be masters just yet. All we are trying to do, is showing them a way to express themselves. In this exercise, as a parent or a teacher, it is only our duty to supply the necessary tools and let the child find their way on their own.

  1. At the end of this entire process, you will be surprised at what the child can come up with. When left on their own, children dig into a well of emotion so deep that they can make beautiful, sometimes complex creative artworks.

  2. When a child completes their painting, give them lots of positive praise. It doesn’t matter WHAT he/she has painted. What matters is, they have used some tools to bring out what’s on their mind. This encouragement will boost a child’s confidence like no other, because they will now come to realize that emotions can be expressed through ART, and it is not something restricted to only a few people.

A VERY IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER, is that correcting the child on technical aspects is not the goal of this exercise. Because this work was entirely about emotions, any correction about the painting and focusing on technicalities may make a child clamp down their emotions in the future and focus entirely on producing a “perfect” picture.