Imagine! Introducing Your Child to the Arts by Sharon Shaffer

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For example, plan a “shape” day and look for shapes in art. Each time your child spies a particular shape, let him or her pretend to draw the shape in the air. Look for shapes in your environment on the way home. Once you return, let your child make a drawing using different shapes or create a collage using cutout shapes. Ask your child to strike a pose similar to that of a figure in a sculpture. Encourage your child to use his or her imagination through storytelling or pretend play. For example, when looking at a painting of royalty, let your child pretend to be the king.

A good script can provoke thought, bring new ideas to light, perhaps help you look at a facet of life in a new or different way. Ask your child what he or she got from a performance. Try open-ended questions such as: What did you see on the stage? What was a particular character trying to do? What happened at the very beginning? Insight into other cultures. Theater can take us in time and place to other communities and cultures. Did the production help you learn about cultural or ethnic traditions?

Introducing Your Chi “ Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso, visual artist 38 You he Visual Arts r Child and t ” Photo by Glenn Levy / Courtesy of The Corcoran Gallery of Art CHAPTER FIVE When children explore their world, they rely most on the sense of sight. It is the visual world that gives children information about color, shape, and form, and provides an opportunity to revise ideas based upon visual data gathered from new experiences.

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