Across the U.S., 5.4 million students attend private schools and 50.8 million students receive public educations. But no matter how your child normally attends class, it’s likely that things have changed quite a bit this year. If you’ve chosen to homeschool your child or you’re looking to supplement their remote learning with some hands-on educational activities, there are plenty of options that can allow them to explore their creativity.
After all, it’s not only about textbooks. Artistic endeavors can aid in your child’s growth and development in countless ways. In fact, 90% of people believe the arts should be taught in grades K-12. But if you aren’t much of an artist yourself, how can you teach them all they need to know? The following artistic activities are ones your child will enjoy and that are easy to do right at home.
Take a Virtual Tour of Gallery
It’s one thing to see a famous painting in a book; it’s another to see it for yourself up close and personal. American artists appear in 40% of art collections nationwide, but it’s tough to get inspired from the masters when so many restrictions are in place. Fortunately, many of the most famous museums from around the world (along with galleries in your immediate area) have made their exhibitions available for free online. With so many museums and exhibits to choose from, you can take a tour in your pajamas each weekend based on the kind of art that interests your child most. This is a great way to discover artists and mediums your kiddo loves to provide them with some ideas for their own creations.
Sign Up For a Free Skillshare Class
If your child misses being part of a formal art class, you might consider an online alternative. Skillshare, a platform for all kinds of learning opportunities, has more than a dozen online art classes for kids that are free of charge. There’s a wide variety to choose from — so whether your child wants to learn how to make a simple doodle or loves to paint with watercolors, you’ll probably find something that piques their interest. There are other platforms that offer free or low-cost art courses online for kids, as well, so they won’t get bored.
Bring the Outside In
Now that the seasons are changing and the fall foliage is starting to emerge, this is an ideal time to spend some time in nature and use it in an artistic way. You could bring a sketchbook and colored pencils into the backyard to capture the beauty of a colorful tree or gather fallen leaves, acorns, sticks, grasses, flowers, feathers, and stones to glue to paper for a fun autumnal project. Not only can this allow your child to create physical art, but it might encourage them to become interested in the world around them, too.
Art is often seen as frivolous by some, but most people feel it’s an essential part of life and learning. Even if your child is staying home more than usual this school year, you can make sure that artistic endeavors remain part of their education by encouraging creativity whenever possible.