The annual UK-wide event takes place from 9-17 June and is curated by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. Both the creation and appreciation of art are vital to a rounded development and for young children art brings substantial benefits.
- Developing find muscle control and building hand-eye coordination. Are both by products of using paintbrushes, crayons, scissors and other art tools. Because these tools are used to produce an immediate result – art – the feedback mechanism is very strong. Giving children a positive experience almost instantaneously.
- Building perceptual ability. Through looking at art, children learn shape, form, colour, line and texture. By creating art, they then discover the skills needed to replicate complex forms and structures. Often, long before they can ‘name’ shapes and colours. Children can create them.
- Problem solving skills. Trying (and failing) to manipulate tools and materials gives even the smallest child a great exposure to problem solving.
- Valuing diversity. Looking at art gives children a sense of how many different ways there are to express ideas. Especially for nervous and shy children, this understanding that there is no one ‘right way’ to do things can bring increased acceptance of themselves and sense of their place in the world.
- Enjoying beauty. Whilst often unconsidered as an educational value, being able to look at great art gives children an intense emotional experience and can lead to a lifetime of artistic appreciation.
Getting involved in children’s art week
Children’s Art Week is a collaboration of schools, galleries, museums and community groups. Which bring together practical artistic activities and link artists and makers to children in active ways.
If your child’s school isn’t already involved, or if your child is too young for school, there are still a wide range of exciting events where you, your child and your nanny can simply show up and be guided through a fun and rewarding activity. This national events database can be found at https://www.engage.org/caw_events.aspx and while there is something going on in most parts of the UK we found a couple of really exciting events we’d like to headline to the Elite Nanny Company readers.
- First, at the Royal Mews in London, on Saturday 16 June between 11:00-15:00 there are family art activities including drawing and printing and children are allowed recreate a portrait of Queen Victoria and to sit in a royal carriage!
- The McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum opens its learning studio to children on Sunday 17th from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Dressing up, songs, dancing and interactive performance workshops with professional dancers … ideal for children from 0-14 years and booking is essential.
- National Museum Wales in Cardiff on 16 and 17 June from 11am to 3pm, ‘Who Decides?’ gives children the change to vote for a piece of art to be shown at the Museum or write a new label for an artwork already on display. They can also use the ‘art cart’ to create their own art inspired by this contemporary art exhibition.
There are dozens more great events so take a look and get involved!