If you have a child that is interested in art, then it might be time to let them explore their artistic genius. While we all know someone who has natural talent, not everyone can identify what makes one person an artist and another person just average. This article will tell you how to tell if your child could be an artistic prodigy and give some tips on where they should go from there.
Let’s face it: there are a lot of people in this world who have artistic talent, and most which do not. However, is your child one of them?
How can you tell if they may be an artist that will someday go on to achieve greatness or just another person with some creativity?
If your child is showing an intense interest in art, it may be a sign that they have artistic genius. This means you should encourage them to explore their abilities and talents as much as possible.
How do I know he has the artistic talent?
- Some kids like to paint or draw things in a way that is more realistic. Other kids might paint things more freely. The talented ones try to make drawings that look like the real thing.
- Many times, children will get frustrated when they can’t get it right. But if you keep trying, the work will start to look more real. This might only happen after you have drawn many pictures. Even if the drawings are not “magic realism” drawings, you might see how much more detail the child pays attention to when drawing.
- One sign of talent is that the person’s eyes will move really fast from one thing to another.
- The gifted child will sometimes not need to look at the subject very much before they can draw it. They can do this quickly.
- A gifted child might be very annoying and demanding. Be sure to give them everything from watercolors to acrylics.
- The artist will want to make a story.
So to summarise, have you ever had an experience where your child was drawing or painting and something just stood out about what they were doing? Perhaps it wasn’t even the final product, but how involved their facial expressions got while creating. This is one way to identify artistic genius in children because there are certain quirks that tend to be associated with great artists.
For example, if your child is an artist they may have a more curious nature than other children who are not artists. When you get them to paint or draw with markers the images will be filled in with color and detail rather than just black lines.
Another sign of artistic genius is when your child gets motivated by things that some would find mundane such as crayons and paper. If you notice your child playing or drawing for hours on end with objects like these it is a good sign they have great potential to be an artist!
Now that you have a better understanding of how to identify artistic genius in children, it is time for the next step. The first thing you need to do is find out what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are as an artist.
Once you know where they excel or struggle compared to other artists their age, then it is time for them to get serious about art.
To do this, you should take them to an exhibition of famous artists or visit a museum with works that inspire your child. This will give them the opportunity for exposure and expand their knowledge on what is possible as it relates to artistic genius!
What you should “NOT” do to your child
- It is a bad idea to ask a child to paint this or that. Do not set up a still-life and have the child paint it. Let the child be free, let them experiment with different materials, give them every opportunity to try something new.
- Be careful not to say too much about the results. Speak to the child how you would with a friend. Don’t praise them too much, and don’t tell them what you think may be an unusual talent in front of their friends. When they know that it is normal for them, then get a second opinion from a professional artist or teacher
The next steps you should take for your child
- Once you know that your child has the natural talent, it’s time for them to go ahead and enroll in an art school or course so they can develop their skills even further. If this is something too expensive for you right now, look into getting a tutor for your child. This will be very beneficial in their development of art skills.
- If you are looking to get a tutor for your kids, make sure that they have some experience with teaching children before getting started. If not, the lessons could create confusion and frustration instead of helping them develop their artistic genius!
- Don’t let their age fool you, many successful artists have started painting and drawing at a very young age.
It’s the time to think about an art school
- If your child is not attending an art school already, this could be the perfect opportunity to enroll them in one. Art schools are available all over the country; some of which even offer online courses for those who can’t attend classes on a regular basis.
- Before choosing a school for your child, make sure you research all the different schools available in your area and compare prices with each other to choose which one is best suited for them. You will want to ensure that they are going to get quality education from an experienced teacher before committing yourself or your money to any particular art school.
- If you are looking to get a private tutor for your child, make sure that they have some experience with teaching children before getting started. If not, the lessons could create confusion and frustration instead of helping them develop their artistic genius!
Sometimes parents don’t realize how much their words can discourage an artistically talented child from pursuing art as a career (trust me, I know this because my own mother did not believe in my creative talent). Make an effort to teach your child that the best artists are life-long learners. This means encouraging them to take art classes, go out into nature for inspiration and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly (even if you don’t believe in it yourself).
Some extra tips: The key is to listen and watch carefully during family time, like cooking together or working on a puzzle. You can also try taking your child out into nature for some inspiration (and you might find it yourself too). Nature drawing classes could be a great idea, as could taking the time to look at art galleries together.