Nurturing an Artist in Your Kiddie

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We parents simply can’t get enough of dreaming for our kiddies. I sometimes look at my child asleep, wondering whether he’ll be an astronaut or scientist until I stop and smile at the wildness of my imaginations. While I know it isn’t for me to decide, I want to make sure that I do my part well as a parent for now. As much as I can, I want to support my child and do my best to mold him into the person fit for his dream. I’ll start by nurturing the artist in my kiddie.

I believe all hobby, interest, and profession are rooted in the love of the arts. Success in anything requires creativity, right? A recent study in addition, has confirmed that art makes people smart after observing significant improvement among some student participants they brought to a museum. The students have showed impressive measures of tolerance, historical empathy, and sustained interest in culture even after finishing the essays required of them.

If you want to nurture an artist in your kiddie and contribute to their colorful future, follow these tips:

Develop imaginations by asking questions

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Ask your kiddie some questions that start with “what if” and “I wonder”, such as “What if I pull the other end of this rope while it’s tied to the shelf?” and “I wonder what color we’ll produce with blue and yellow?” Experts say these questions push kiddies to use imagination as they think of a creative but at the same time (somehow) logical answer. It also sparks their interest in problem solving, teaches them to explore alternatives, and consider options.

You can ask these questions after bringing your kiddie to a museum or anywhere related to art. While standing in front of a painting ask, “I wonder what the artist was thinking when he made this” or “What if you can replace the sun as the subject, what would you choose?”

Provide encouraging materials

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What your kiddies need mostly are tools for experimentation and exploration. Don’t throw away materials your children may use like cardboard box, which is great for play, performance, and imagination. After this when your kiddie starts showing you what they made out of the box, don’t forget to value their effort, ask them to explain the artwork, and compliment.

Other than cardboard boxes and other art materials, you can also give your child a kiddie tablet especially designed to cater to their age. There are many devices available in the market, but choose one preloaded with apps that let kiddies doodle and easily draw, erase, and color images. In this way, you help nurture an artist in your child who can also keep up with the modern technologies today. 

Encourage positive values

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Nurturing an artist in your kiddie is the also one of the best times to teach them about positive values. Surely, you want your child to grow into a disciplined artist, right? Encourage hard work, perseverance, as you help your kiddie get up from a downfall. Help them learn from mistakes by asking “What didn’t work?‘, inspire them never to give up, continue taking risks, and just work on improving in their craft. 

Know when to let them be

Your role is to provide support, but this doesn’t include deciding every hour of your kiddie’s schedule. Don’t crowd their daily task list with organized activities out of wanting to nurture their creativity, as this is improper and unnatural. Give your kiddie time to be alone, freedom to daydream, and to study life on their own – along your boundaries, of course. 

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We all want to have a little musician, dancer, actor, filmmaker, or artist like Pablo Picasso, but we can only get as far as providing parental support and experimental tools. We can never decide how it’s exactly going to be for our kiddies. Just allow it to happen, parents! Follow the tips mentioned above to awake the artist in your child, and give them freedom to be whoever they dream to be.

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Get Your Kiddie Into Photography This Summer 2014

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The sun is high, temperature starts to get humid, and each day it becomes clear you really need a break from all the work. Summer is here! You’ve probably began writing your list of places to visit and things to try for your whole family. Why not have your kiddies educated in photography this 2014? Might as well assign them to capture memories of your latest escapades, yeah?

Trust me, parents, no kiddie would say no to having their first, very own camera and taught about the basics of photography. If you believe your child is of age to handle a costly capturing device, here’s how to get started with teaching your kiddie to get snappy:

Choosing a camera for your kiddie

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Let’s start with the device. Would you need a digital, SLR, or Point and Shoot? There are many pros and cons to consider for each type of camera. Cheapest of these three is the Point and Shoot, which you can also bring anywhere since it features automatic focus. On the other hand, it may frustrate your aspiring photographer as it produces lousy photos without offering manual settings for those neat effects.

A digital camera is a better option than the point and shoot. Other than letting users see the photos right away, it also allows faster uploading to PC with no printing costs. Getting one for your kiddie, however, may require you to shell out more cash if you want a unit that produces high resolution photos.

SLRs are the most expensive of the three types. These manual cameras, however, are what I believe, the real deal. Consider buying for your kiddie an investment, for you to really mold them into becoming a skilled and renowned photographer at a young age. SLR lets its users create the exact look they want. You just have to teach your kiddie how to take good care of the device for it to last until it becomes vintage, though.

Getting Started

It all begins with composing a shot. After getting your kiddie a camera, let them take shots of everything and anything. Tell your child to shoot from different angles until it becomes clear what looks best. Have them look into texture and get as creative as they can be. Slowly, introduce your kiddie about light exposure until they can figure out what kind of lighting works best for different subjects on their own.

Developing Your Kiddie’s Masterpiece

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Have your kiddie’s greatest shots developed in a photo lab or printed if taken with a digital camera. This lets them see the fruits of their labor and get them to love photography even more. Guide them to not feel discouraged if most of the photos aren’t perfect and remind that practice makes perfect. You never stop learning with photography, you just get better!

Here are more tips from the pros you have to share with your kiddies:

  • Use pets with different behaviors as subjects.
  • Be sure first with what you’re looking at before you click.
  • Avoid having your subjects in the center.
  • Use natural light.
  • Frame the horizon so it’s not in the middle of the picture.
  • Try something new from time to time.
  • Note that the best pictures have interesting elements that fill the whole photo.
  • Take pictures that are meaningful to you.

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Whatever camera type you choose, I suggest you buy a protector case to make it last long (especially in the hands of little children). Enjoy summer and take as much snaps as you can with your kiddies, parents! 

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