Teacher’s Note: Art is the Golden Key


By Yaping Jiang

Children are born artists, and their ability to draw and paint often grows together with their intelligence. However it is like a seed in the soil that without adequate water and fertilizer will not grow or blossom well. Most of the parents today may not expect their children to become artists, but the cultivation of creativity and a sense of visual communication is vital for their future.

An art teacher is playing important role for children’s artistic development. A child is just like a garden plot, where the kind of seeds that are sown determines the kind of fruit that will be yielded. The teacher’s quality will be directly reflected in child’s future development. We believe there are no children who are unable to learn well, there are only teachers who are unable to teach well. Based on over 20 years teaching experience with New Star Art, I would like to make the following suggestions to parents.

1. Encouragement
In all circumstances you should show interest in your children’s works and praise them. Your attitude will directly influence your children’s interest. It can be useful to display some of their works, which will serve both as encouragement and progress. Also encourage your children to “show off” their works at school or to of family and friends. This is all confidence boosting.

2. No judgment
Please don’t criticize your child’s work, because we can’t judge children’s works from our adult perspective.  Young children’s work is uninhibited and full of imagination.  It is important that every child is left to display their individual personalities through their work, as this is the essence of creative art.

3, Don’t cut corners
Introducing advanced art techniques such as three-dimensional sketching too early to children (under 9-10 years old) can have the effect of undermining confidence resulting in a lack of interest and withdrawal from art studies. To learn Three-dimensional sketching is a rational process that requires the learner to be relatively mature intellectually. In addition, Three-dimensional drawing is only a means, not the end, of learning, neither is it the only way to learn drawing and painting.

4. Training Professional training is necessary for all ages. A quality training program will open your children’s mind widely, develop their artistic skills rapidly, and expand their imaginative potential fully. So selecting a good teacher and program is very important.

Overall, learning to draw and paint is a training process that incorporates the use of eyes, hands and mind. Eyes that are capable of capturing beauty that others are unable to see, hands capable of visual communication, analytical mental power that enables the ability to refine work. Therefor the choice of art training is critical to your child’s overall development. Art is a golden key to building your child’s future.