All children benefit from creativity-boosting art education.
Wouldn’t it be exciting to parent the next Picasso? There is no absolute measure for child prodigies in the visual arts; however, educators, artists and researchers believe there are certain behaviors and skills children demonstrate that indicate special talent. Among all prodigies there is one particular trait that children share: passion about their interest – whether it is dance, art, math or music. When a child is drawn to sketching as a primary source of entertainment, for instance, you may want to seek additional training. All children can benefit from comprehensive art education that focuses on creativity, as well as exposure to numerous art forms, styles and techniques.
Here’s a checklist of gifted traits to consider:
Children who are gifted in art usually begin young
Drawing is often the media in which children excel, partially because it is accessible and children can express greater details about a subject
Gifted young artists often move through the stages of visual development at a faster-than-normal pace
Visually-promising children stay with their art activities longer than other children and see more possibilities in the task they have selected
Child prodigies in art are often self-directed, preferring art to other forms of entertainment
From middle elementary age on, visual and conceptual fluency is a particularly significant characteristic because it is closest to the behavior of a trained artist
Ability to use past information in new contexts, such as adapting mastery in figure drawing to render figures in other situations.
Did you know? Children who choose their hobby and practice schedule tend to soar.
Akaine is a child art prodigy, who by 8 years old was creating amazing paintings.
You may notice the following characteristics in the artwork of gifted children:
Art prodigies develop the desire and the ability to depict people and other subjects from their environment at an earlier age than other children
Elements of composition, color, space and movement are handled with greater sensitivity by visually gifted students
Sensitivity to detail and the use of memory are directly related to complexity and elaboration
Even young gifted children are interested in detail and are more inventive in their drawings and sculpture than other children
The visually gifted child is more likely to explore and experiment with media and achieve technical control, which results in a more elegant finished product
Doodling and improvising with the effects of lines, shapes and patterns are a favorite activity of the visually gifted child. The gifted child uses his ability to invent, depict and describe creative meaning.Want to learn more about child prodigies?
The THNKR channel on YouTube is premiering episodes featuring child prodigies in a variety of disciplines including art. Check out the Thinkrtv Channel on YouTube and click on PRODIGIES.
We all want to help our children reach for the stars and shoot for the moon! Art is such a wonderful way for kids to express themselves, while developing such important skills as creativity and problem-solving. Art – whether in creation or appreciation – entails learning to see, interpret and understand. Children can translate their internal vision or depict images based upon external sources of inspiration, both of which provide young artists with material to draw upon and feed into their art practice.
Original art by Shantrice, age 13 of Michigan who write of her art, “Darkness falls; light revolves”
Explore your child’s unique view! Provide your child with some basic supplies, such as blank paper, pencils, markers and crayons. Strike up a conversation about the stars, moon, planets, as well as our sun and sky. Connect with your child’s natural enthusiasm and clever ideas by encouraging him/her to create art that captures these unique imaginings.
The holidays are a perfect time to cultivate your children’s creativity, drawing upon theflurry of images, stories and sounds of the holiday season! Invite your children to create art that expresses their feelings and ideas. Ideally,you can provide your children … Continue reading →
I was recently so flattered when our 7-year old goddaughter Ainsley visited and before leaving, drew herself into our family tree ~ carefully placing herself under our daughter Krissa. I was touched. She also came to love our two black pugs, Duke and Jester. She loved helping me to feed them and to take them on walks. She carefully drew two big hearts, colored them, cut them out, and then she asked if she could put them down toward the bottom of our refrigerator so that our pugs could enjoy them! Naturally, I agreed! I loved how Ainsley believed that our dogs could appreciate her artwork. Why not?! Ainsley used the sketchpad, which awaited her upon her arrival to our home, and made pictures of our pugs and other things that inspired her. Ainsley has since returned to the East Coast with her family, but her art remains and warms my heart.
Does your child have a story to tell through art? Absolutely! Encourage your child to tell his or her stories through art. What a wonderful way to chronicle a vacation, a visit with family and friends, a pet or so many of the activities that are extended and appreciated when pencil or crayon meets paper. Art feels good. Children gain confidence and enjoy a great sense of accomplishment when they create art based upon their own ideas, especially when their art is not criticized or judged. Instead, ask open-ended questions about what inspired their creation. Celebrate the act of creating art! Encourage artful storytelling and enjoy the imaginative, sometimes surprising art that results!
Abrakadoodle art education continues collecting children’s art from around the world as part of its Kids’ Imagination Project – a global creativity campaign. This year’s theme is “Imagine.” The postcard art shown is from (above, left – art by Manuel, age 10 of Lisbon, Portugal entitled, “Let’s Change the World!” (below, right – art by Jaeden, age 9 of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA entitled, “Jump Over Tree.” (bottom, left – art by Aidan, age 3.5 of Los Angeles, CA.
The visual arts give children a wonderful way to express themselves! At Abrakadoodle, we believe that it is so important for children to know that there is no wrong or right way to create art. Open-mindedness, tolerance and an appreciation for a wide range of artistic styles are just a few of the benefits from participation in a quality art program.
Abrakadoodle artist “WoWs” judges, captures 2nd place in statewide contest
Collin Smith a kindergartener and Abrakadoodle student received the Award of Excellence in the Visual Arts category (Primary level) for his entry entitled, “Trains are Going Fast!” at the 2009 Reflections Awards Ceremony held May 3, 2009. The theme for 2008-2009 was “WoW!” Collin, a Hagerstown, MD resident, used oil pastels on canvas to create his abstract art work. Collin was introduced to Abrakadoodle at age 4 and says that what he likes most is the different art materials he gets to use.
The contest garnered 622 pieces of art for the Maryland Reflections program this year, with a statewide total of 7,886 entries across all categories. “It is truly wonderful to see that our children and their parents make time in their busy lives for art, for creative expression. Thank you!” commented Lynne Pagan, Maryland PTA Reflections Chair in a written statement following the event.
The Reflections Program was started in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, who served as Colorado PTA President at the time. In its 39 year history, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art.
According to written remarks by Maryland PTA President Debbie Ritchie, “All children deserve quality arts education programs, and we continue to advocate for this today. As budgets and programs are cut, now more than ever it is important for all parents to let their voice be heard. We must all continue to let our local school systems know how important a variety of arts programs are for our children.”
To learn more about Abrakadoodle art classes, camps, workshops and parties, visit us on the web at www.abrakadoodle.com.
Art is a wonderful tool for children’s self-expression, and art students at participating Abrakadoodle locations nationwide shared their patriotism and visions for America as part of a colorful welcome for President Barack Obama.
Some students learned about the art of Jasper Johns as an inspiration for their art. They learned about Pop Art, encaustic painting and the use of texture. Children tried out smaller, quicker brush strokes in the style of Jasper Johns as they created American flags.
Other students learned about the life and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and called upon his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to draw inspiration to bring their own dreams for the future into a work of art using words, images and shapes. Some children created Presidential Seals using model magic, while others created mobiles with inspirational phrases. One student literally made Presidential “seals” as shown left.
Children also created poster art in the collage style of contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, whose portrait of Barack Obama will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.