- Display: Nothing is quite as validating to a young artist as having their work displayed. It can be as simple as putting their latest artwork on the fridge for the week or as fancy as framing it for the home.
- Keep: Please realize that even if the artwork isn't anything impressive by professional standards, it is still something that your child has made by hand. They have spent time and put in effort to make the piece and seeing it thrown away can be discouraging. It breaks my heart when students tearfully tell me their parents threw their art away. Even if you don't want to keep the artwork in the home, make a show of taking a picture of it in front of your child so they know you made an effort to document their hard work.
- Compliment: Give your students genuine compliments about their work. Choose your focus carefully, really look at the work and find the good! Giving specific compliments really shows your student that you looked at their work and also helps them genuinely learn what they did well as opposed to a generic "great job!".
- Encourage: If your student is interested in art, find ways for them to pursue the subject on their own! Show them the art section at the library, enroll them in a summer camp, help them enter contests or take them to a show.
- Ask: One of the best things you can do to support your child is ask questions about their work! This is especially validating to young children, having an adult show genuine interest in their process or product can be incredibly encouraging.
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