Once your child starts showing interest in art, it could indicate that they’d grow up to be incredible artists. But what if they’re highly interested, but not the most gifted?
Some people believe that talent is born, but numerous real-life events involving artists who only bloomed later in life debunks that belief. Mozart, for example, had been taught art for 15 years before he showcased his first masterpiece in his early 20’s. This goes to prove that talent is made rather than born. Considering that, you can certainly develop your child’s artistic talent, whether they draw nicely or not at an early age.
Signs of an Artistically Inclined Child
It would be easier to get your kid into art if they’re also interested, to begin with. If you notice that they love to look at art, make art, and are trying really hard to create a good piece of artwork, those are the first signs of their growing love for art. Show them support and encourage them to be great in their craft.
But let’s go back to the previous question: What if they’re not the most gifted, but are still interested? Again, look back to the example of Mozart, who only exhibited his amazing talent in his late 20’s. But realistically speaking, not everyone can be like Mozart.
Spotting an artist in your kid doesn’t necessarily require that they should be immensely talented at an early age. But judging talent varies from person to person, so as a parent, discern how you see talent – is it in realistic 3D drawings, or in more abstract forms of art, or both?
There are other ways to identify talent other than realistic drawings. For example, some children may like coloring more than drawing. Their artworks would typically look like that of any child’s, but when allowed to develop, their color art will surpass a pre-schooler’s work by miles. It can potentially form realistic-looking faces and objects. Therefore, if you’re worried that your child isn’t gifted, just be patient and allow them to manifest their talents at their own pace.
Nurturing Their Talent
To further encourage your kid to love art, consider these tips:
1. Buy Them Art Materials
Introduce them to various art materials such as colored pens, watercolors, and sketchbooks. If they like to doodle creatively, buy them colored papers and high-quality white chalk markers. Don’t forget glues and scissors, and supervise them as they use it if they’re still too young. You can also find stuff around your home that can be used for artworks, such as shoe boxes, paper plates, and paper towel tubes.
2. Work With Them or Enroll Them in Art Class
Working with your child will make them feel your support and encouragement. But the help of an expert won’t hurt, either, so if you have the budget, enroll your kid in an art class where their works can be assessed by a professional, helping them hone their skills.
3. Talk to Your Kid About Their Art
Encourage them to talk about their creations and give them praise and other positive feedback. This helps in reassuring them that you’re completely supportive of their chosen field.
4. Make Them Practice
Any talent or skill requires constant practice to be maintained and nurtured, so ensure that they’re getting the right amount of practice. (Without putting pressure on them, of course.)
5. Display Their Art at Home
Give your child a sense of accomplishment by displaying their creations around the house. It’s also a great way to see their progress, and they’ll surely appreciate how you value their growth as an artist.
When your child gets truly serious in pursuing an artistic career, their works might be displayed in art galleries, so every time they do, visit those galleries and proudly showcase to your peers that you’ve successfully brought out the best in your child’s artistic talent.