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Art For Kids: Elements, Principles and other Concepts

Imagine a world without any works of art at all. There would be no photographs or paintings decorating walls, no sculptures, no imagery in advertisements, and no outlet for artistic expression. Art is all around us and it is a wonderful thing to learn about from a young age. Art appeals to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or culture, because it crosses all boundaries. Art is so powerful because it can be so utterly open to interpretation. Based on who views a piece of art, they might all come up with slightly different versions of what the piece stands for. People of all levels can appreciate a piece of art; they do not necessarily require years of training in art history to recognize that a painting is pleasing to their eyes. Of course, by learning about art, we can start to see further into the painting and discover aspects that we might have missed at a cursory glance.

There are so many different forms of art that most people are bound to find something that they enjoy. It could be pencil sketches, watercolor paintings, lino printing, realistic portraits, or completely abstract pieces. One of the reasons that art continues to fascinate people is because there is no right or wrong. Teaching children about art is a fantastic way of helping them to express themselves. Children commonly have difficulties at some point in expressing their thoughts, dreams, and desires. Art helps them to bring across these points in a very safe and healthy way.

While art is indeed subjective, there is a good deal to learn about it. This can range from learning about the basic elements of art, such as exploring shapes, forms, and textures, to color theory and perspective. Composition concepts form a major area that help new artists to understand how to arrange the elements in a piece to make it more accessible to others. Exposing kids to different types of media and art tools also helps them to increase the ways in which they create art. A child who struggles with pencil sketches might turn out to be extremely expressive with oil paints. Exposure to different styles and periods of art is another area that helps in increasing a students’ art vocabulary. It shows them the wide range of art that has already been created and how these styles gradually developed from one century to another.

There are a number of ways in which teachers can introduce art to students of all grades. Since art is so hands-on, offer demonstrations during an explanation of a concept or idea. Use multimedia slideshows with videos to illustrate these ideas. Another idea might be to organize a field trip to an art museum. Most art museums offer plenty of educator resources on their websites as well as at the building, including lesson plans, downloads, printable worksheets, scavenger hunts, and so on. In lieu of this, invite a local artist to the class to chat about their style and techniques, or to tell the students how they became an artist. The resources below will help to offer inspiration and ideas for teaching art in school!

Elements of Art

Principles of Art

Other Art Concepts



About the Author:
Clare Tames is a self-employed freelance graphic designer, formidable cook, and avid reader. She written on contemporary and classical art in various print publications, and is just now beginning a writing career online. She works out of her home office in California, where her two children attend high school. Expect more from her at ArtsHeaven.com and around the web, and, if you like, drop her a line at her Google+ page!

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