For some reason, speaking of the early development of the child, many have in mind only the mental and not the creative development of children. But the development of the creative aspect of the personality of your offspring will only serve as an additional impetus to the development of his intellectual abilities. To do this, from an early age it is necessary to inculcate in the child an interest in art, in particular, in painting, but it is not too late to begin this acquaintance at an older age. Find out further what we recommend to take on familiarization pictures for children of different ages.
What to show to children from 3 to 6 years
Even at the age of 3, most modern children already know what photographs are, so it should not be difficult for them to draw an analogy with paintings. Just explain to the child: when before people could not use cameras and cell phones, they had to draw in order to capture someone’s portrait, landscape, object, or life scene. It took much longer than clicking the camera button, but the result was unique.
At this age, paintings for children do not represent artistic value, they are not particularly interested in the author of the canvas, his biography or the background to the creation of this picture. Therefore, while in these “jungle” you can not go deep, but simply to accustom the child to mindfulness, to teach to look at the pictures and notice the details. The later the creative development of children begins, the more difficult it will be for your child to analyze art as a teenager and then as an adult.
What kind of paintings for children will be the most interesting and winning for the first acquaintance with painting? Here you can remember what things the children pay attention first of all, going to the toy store – as a rule, everything is bright, big, colorful, as well as realistic, like a barbie house with furniture and dishes, or a detailed army of soldiers. The same should be the children’s paintings: colorful landscapes, still lifes with large objects, large beautiful portraits.
At this age, suitable painting for children is the paintings of Claude Monet, who worked in the style of impressionism. His paintings are filled with bright colors, soft light and interesting scenes on which the child himself will sharpen attention.
For example, show him a picture of the artist “Terrace in St. Adress”:
Be sure to discuss the picture with the baby. You will not hear a detailed review at first, so ask leading questions, for example: “What is depicted in the picture?”, “What do people do?”, “What did you like the most?”, “What colors do you see?”, Etc. P.
Wonderful pictures that should be shown to children were written by Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov. We recommend to show one of his most famous canvases, which children may be especially interested in – “Warriors”:
It will be great if, when viewing a picture, you can tell the children some epics about these three heroes. Or perhaps the children have already seen the cartoon about these heroes, and will be able to retell the plot for themselves. And of course, one cannot do without questions about the picture: “Where are the heroes?”, “Do they see the enemy or just inspect the area?”, “Will anything happen next?”, And be sure to point out the details: the weapons of the characters, their views and
Show the child and “Still Life with Fruit” by Paul Gauguin. Not all paintings by this artist are suitable for children of preschool age, but this still life looks quite attractive, large and colorful. Ask the child: “Do you like to eat apples?”, “What color are they in the picture?”, “Which of them would you eat?”.
At the end of viewing pictures for children, do not forget to share with the crumbs and your own opinion on the basis of painting.
- If you want to acquaint the child with painting at home, showing him pictures from the Internet or a printed encyclopedia, then you have the opportunity to independently control the content in the process. But if this is, for example, a visit to a museum or an art gallery, then we advise you to think over the route in advance so as not to stumble upon classic canvases depicting historical scenes of violence, or pictures with nude nature that are too early for a preschooler to see.
Painting for children from 7 to 9 years
Creative development of children should be continued when entering school. And although younger schoolchildren still like bright children’s pictures, where there is something to catch the eye on, but now they are much less interested in static subjects like still lifes and landscapes. Children still know the world, but not everything is new in it, so it’s not so interesting to look at nature and the objects laid out on the table.
They begin to watch cartoons less often, and more often show curiosity about films – therefore, the best pictures for children from 7 years old are pictures of various actions, historical plots, or detailed portraits. Here you can make and paintings for children depicting the mythology, culture of different nations, people from ancient times. By the way, the creative development of schoolchildren suggests that they should already know the concepts of “portrait”, “still life”, “landscape”, etc., and at least know the names of the artists in the paintings in question.
Should you avoid pictures at this age with couples in love, scenes of war, etc. – you decide, just be ready to answer any questions from the child and explain the difference between “good” and “bad”.
An interesting painting for children of primary school age is at the Italian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, for example, “Marriage Agreement”, “Mercury and Aeneas”, and especially – “Cleopatra’s Feast”:
The picture shows Cleopatra’s meal with those close to you – can the child say the same thing? Ask what he sees in the picture, what details he especially remembered. Can you tell him the story of this queen – will the child like her, what does she say about the canvas now?
A good option to get acquainted with painting for children from seven years old is Ivan Shishkin’s famous canvas “In a Pine Forest”:
Children, as the main lovers of sweets, can know him from the wrappers of the famous since the times of the USSR chocolates “Bear Kosolapy”. It is good in that it combines both the landscape and elements of animalistic plot — it will be obviously interesting for children to look at cute furry bear cubs. Learn from them: what do bear cubs do? What impression does the forest produce on them – a young edge or a thick thicket? Why does it seem so? Come up with your own questions.
What to watch for children from 10 years and older
From the age of ten, it is useful for children to get acquainted directly with the biographies of artists, the development of their creative activity. On their own, schoolchildren are very reluctant to get acquainted with such information, so they need a storyteller: either you are well prepared, or find a suitable video.
In addition, we must not forget that now schoolchildren are entering puberty, so their range of interests is significantly changing and expanding. They are interested in emotions and feelings, love and friendship, loud events, charismatic people, secrets and riddles. Therefore, children’s pictures for acquaintance should be selected with appropriate subjects.
The ground for reflection and interesting conversation will be given by Vasily Pukirev’s painting “Unequal Marriage”, which depicts the process of wedding of an elderly groom and young bride:
Without revealing the name of the picture, find out from the child’s thoughts about this work, will he notice the contrast depicted on the canvas? Tell him about the marriages of those times, indicate how skillfully the artist conveyed the girl’s doom and various emotions of the surrounding guests.
Show the pictures of Ilya Repin to the children: “Zaporozhtsy”, “Barge haulers on the Volga”, “Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan”.
Interesting for a teenager will be the second version of the painting “We did not wait”, which shows how a political exile unexpectedly returns home. Ask the child to describe how he sees the emotions of the characters in the picture who saw the man returning: joy, distrust, shock, surprise.
With older children, it is also possible to discuss the ways of transferring the pictorial and expressive means that painters use in their work, to compare the work of various artists and together look for interesting facts about the creation of a particular canvas.
Ideas about pictures that can be shown to children and adolescents can be gleaned from this video about the most famous paintings in the world: