How to encourage your child's artistic talent

You may have recently recognised that your child has a keen interest in art, and the examples they have produced so far are impressive. Once you’ve spotted this kind of ability, naturally you will want your little one to sustain their interests. Although, you may not know the best approach to take because you’ll want to encourage them without appearing pushy.

We can help with this, which is why we’ve created this handy guide for you to refer to. Simply read on to uncover the greatest ways to foster your gifted children’s talent, including attending art classes for kids and so much more.

Child art prodigies: Let them experience art in all forms

If your child shows true artistic promise, then you may be onto something special. This is an uplifting moment as a parent, especially if you are interested in art or even an artist yourself. You’ll likely be wondering what options are best to ensure your child explores the different styles and examples of art. These ideas should certainly help:

Purchase supportive materials: Art sets for kids

If your child has shown their artistic abilities and you want to nurture this activity, it’s a good idea to buy additional drawing and painting tools first. If they are younger in age, there are plenty of inexpensive art sets for kids that you can easily find and purchase. These can range from washable paints to drawing pencils and books, alongside greeting card craft making kits.

Each of these tool kits is designed to improve developing talents in children, and they will help your little one’s craft art in a fun and exciting way. You could even gather materials that are lying around your home, including toilet roll holders, cuttings of old wrapping paper or even a washing-up sponge that they can use with paint.

Take them to art galleries

As well as practising art methods at home, take your child to various art galleries across the UK to further their interest. This will also help them to decide which is their favourite and therefore may become their specific style, and see how artists, who were once starting out as children just like them, pursued their passions.

Welcoming art into their everyday lives and making it something that results in a fun day out is how the journey to their artistic success begins. They will then be able to admire the work of talented artists, including William Morris' designs, as well as images captured by iconic fashion photographer, John French. Both of which worked hard to get their illustrations displayed in highly acclaimed spots like the V&A. Not to mention a host of other artists, whose work is featured at Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery and many other museums and galleries around the UK and the world.

Allowing them to discover their potential idols who they can be inspired by will help turn your beloved prodigies into talented child artists.

Hang art across your home

Learned behaviour contributes towards a child’s development, so displaying art around your home will welcome design into their everyday routine. Doing so allows your children to admire each piece, and maybe even analyse them. Simply select art that expresses your family’s interests and place them alongside your existing living room wall art, or create a gallery wall as a fun activity together for your hallway.

If they don’t initially ask questions about the pieces hung on your walls, perhaps incite their intrigue by asking them what they think about a piece and what it portrays. You can then praise your talented kids for offering their opinion and explain that thinking and talking about art is always down to personal interpretation.

Discover the various art classes for kids to partake in

If you’re hoping to help your child explore their gift and progress with it, there are plenty of art classes for kids of all ages to experience. As well as enabling your little ones to follow their passions, they can learn other beneficial skills and boost their confidence.

Any art class you find will strive towards these main goals:

  • To teach gifted children about the basics of art and the history behind it
  • To help each child discover their art style and consequently improve it to achieve creative results
  • To develop and work on different forms of artwork by exploring varying themes
  • To build confidence in experimenting and creating, and have fun!

All you need to do next is research which programmes are available near your area and which ones suit your child’s abilities and interests the most. For instance, do they love painting animal posters, sculpting pottery, or drawing cityscapes? Or are they more interested in creating photography prints? Of course, you need to discuss this process with your little one(s) before making your decision.

How to stop yourself from becoming the “pushy parent”

There is nothing worse than a pushy parent, and if you have a talented child there is much more opportunity for your helpful approach to unintentionally turn a little sour. It’s hard to recognise when your encouraging efforts start becoming pushy because you know you always have your child’s best interests in mind.

How to recognise when your help becomes a hindrance

The key factor you should be looking out for is changes in your child’s behaviour. If your child has consciously decided they don’t want to pursue this hobby any longer, it’s common for them to dismiss the subject and not want to talk about it, shying away from telling you how they feel.

This is usually because they don’t want to let you down, so even if they don’t appear to have changed their opinion, ensure you check in with them about their thoughts on the matter.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are they still showing enjoyment when creating art/attending classes?
  • Do they try to change the subject when you discuss art with them?
  • Have they avoided discussing their latest art class?
  • Have they been less enthusiastic or even said they don’t want to go to a recent art gallery visit you arranged?

Take a step back

Since you’ve taken a further interest in your child’s artistic talent, it’s easy to get carried away with your enjoyment while dismissing theirs. You should take a step back and assess the situation to ensure they want to continue with art as much as you want them to. Simply let them go their own way.

It’s important to regularly check in with your little ones to see if they are still feeling fulfilled from creating artwork. You are their parent and the person they look up to the most, after all, so if they begin to feel overwhelmed or discover they’re no longer interested in pursuing this hobby, they may not want to let you down.

Ensure you don’t pay for further lessons in advance without consulting them first either. Ask them if they are still happy to continue every once in a while, and explain you will be proud of whatever decision they make.

Put these tips into practice

Now is the time to action these handy tips for yourself, and if you have children gifted in art, we hope we’ve helped you to gain an understanding of what to do next.

In the meantime, you may be hoping to display some additional prints across your home. If this is the case, take a look at wide range of designs from other artists to add to your child’s existing bedroom artwork, or your family living room. Then, peruse our blog for further insights on the true wonders of art and everything it entails.