By eHow Contributing Writer
Encouraging children’s appreciation of art isn’t as daunting as it sounds. Like many other things, teaching children how to appreciate art needs to begin when they are young. Encourage children to appreciate art so that they may grow into cultured adults.
Start them young. Children’s appreciation of art does not develop overnight. Instill their appreciation for art by actively encouraging them to think about art. Find a children’s art museum and take them to it.
Become an expert. Learn as much as you can about art so you can be ready to answer their questions. Visit museum websites and read articles about art. Include your children in your research.
Make learning about art fun and interactive. Try to make learning about art mimic play. Physical and computer games devoted to teaching children about art may help encourage art appreciation.
Buy accessible reproductions of famous artwork. Get magazines, post cards, posters and other prints to introduce children to art.
Enroll children in art classes for kids. Art classes for kids help build upon existing art appreciation and talents. Allow children to compete in art contests and win awards.
Teach children that having opinions about art is important. Lead by example. Look at a piece of art and tell the children what you like or don’t like about it. Get children talking about the same piece.
Help children see art in everyday life. Children are more likely to appreciate art if they can identify artistic elements in many of the things they encounter.
Reward children for learning about art. If you visit a museum and the children recognize a piece of art, congratulate them. Children will be excited to learn more about art if you are appreciative of their efforts.