- Do your children seek the spotlight?
- Do they yearn for the yearly school play?
- Do you often wonder if you have a few budding Baciccios on your hands?
- Do you regularly run out of display space for your kids’ artistic creations?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then there is no doubt about it, you have children in love with the arts. Congratulations! Artistic children are rich in energy and imagination, so fan the flames of your children’s passions and encourage them to create today!
Stock Up on the Essentials
If your children show a flare for performing or creating, make sure you have the necessary essentials on hand to accommodate their activities. Consider keeping a “Creative Closet” stocked with:
- Lined paper
- Unlined paper
- Paint brushes
- Old shirts to cover good clothing
- Coloured Pencils
- Old magazines
- Safety scissors
- Moulding clay
- Old clothes and accessories
- Old makeup
Be a Good Audience
Whether you children want to put on a play or display their latest paintings, always be a good audience. Help them set up a small stage with seating for the audience, or an “exhibition room” where you can all mingle. Make these shows extra special by hosting short “receptions” afterward in which the stars are interviewed! For an intimate gathering with the celebrities, prepare:
- A few questions for the artists/performers.
- A small notepad for autographs.
- Juice and crackers.
Investigate the Local Community
You may not even know it, but your local community could be a hotbed of artistic gatherings. Depending upon your child’s preferences, see if you can find:
- Classes offered at the local schools.
- Classes offered at any private schools in your area.
- A community theatre group.
- Acting coaches.
- Music instructors.
- Singing coaches.
- A reading group.
- A writing group.
- A children’s or teen’s band.
- Art classes.
- Private art tuition.
If it turns out that your community is a little less creative, expand your search to neighbouring towns and villages, or even the big city closest to you.
While you run the risk of morphing into a pushy stage parent, sometimes there is nothing left for your children but to find them a place at a professional or for-profit school. If your children are interested in drama, then check out local press and the Internet for local groups. If your children are more inclined to the arts, then be sure to visit museums and art galleries to inquire about children’s lessons.
No matter what your children’s talents, if they show an interest in the arts then be sure to keep their enthusiasm stoked. Encourage your children’s imagination at home, and never turn down an opportunity to discuss your children’s painting or plays with them. Investing in a few reference books of art for children may be a good idea, and will certainly come in handy on days when a full scale production may be pushing it. Most of all, remember to enjoy your children’s efforts and let them know it!