Top 10 Tips to Develop
Young Artists’ Creativity
1. "It's the process, not the product." The product is merely the end result, not the reason children create art. Children create and explore art to discover and test their own imaginations. However, primary-aged children begin to expect aesthetic results from their art explorations. The choices of materials and activities provided help them focus their creativity and allow for aesthetically pleasing results.
2. Provide basic art supplies for children that can be used freely at a small table or in a comfortable corner. (Basic art supplies include crayons, scissors, paper, tape, glue, paint, chalk, and collage items.) Provide quality scissors and good paints to encourage artistic success.
3. Keep handy containers filled with all kinds of nifty "junk" for artists to explore. Include cotton balls, ribbon, yarn, paper towel tubes, egg cartons, feathers, buttons, beads, doilies, cardboard scraps, pieces of sponges, plastic berry baskets, packing peanuts, Band-Aids, fabric scraps, labels, Popsicle sticks, small wood scraps, smooth rocks, envelopes, and anything else young artists might find interesting.
4. Surprise children with something new, simple, and fun at least once a week. Introduce a new art material; slip a book into an unexpected place; eat dessert before lunch; make a cardboard box into a puppet theater complete with sock puppets; or tape paper to the underside of a table for drawing on one's back while lying down. Change is the key; surprise is the word; creativity is the result.
5. Use a digital camera to keep a record of children's creative art. Art can then be downloaded onto a computer, printed in color to make memory books, saved on CDs to send home, or displayed in computer slide shows set to music.
6. Check out a famous art print from the library whenever you check out a book, and display it prominently. Don't be surprised to see the great master's style show up in the primary artists' work.
7. Read to children every day. This will cultivate their creativity and motivate them in art, as well as all other parts of their lives.
8. Encourage art outdoors in many ways on many days, rain or shine. Make a crayon rubbing of the sidewalk or the bark of a tree, and keep looking for other textured things to capture in rubbings; weave a fence with plastic contractor's tape; draw with sidewalk chalk; plant flowers; or look at the clouds and imagine shapes and forms.
9. Ask good questions. Say, "Tell me about your art" or, "What were you thinking when you were creating this?" Open-ended questions open the lines of communication for children to discuss and evaluate their own artistic endeavors.
10. Allow free time for children to imagine and pretend every single day, through art, by listening to or reading a book, or by simply watching the clouds.