Painting is a beloved hobby for many people that can also serve as an excellent learning tool for young children in early grades. Painting does wonders for the development of cognitive skills, promotion of imagination and even the sharpening of motor skills. Painting also does a lot of good for a person’s psychology since it helps to build self-confidence, self-efficacy, and feelings of self-worth.
Not everyone has artistic talent and so only a minority of people will go on to experience success with their paintings such as selling artwork or getting it hung in a museum or gallery. That said, nearly everyone can enjoy experiencing the sensation of painting—especially young children who might have a talent for it and chose to take it up as a hobby for the rest of their lives.
Teachers can use paint in many lessons. Most obviously, paints are a useful tool in art classes where children can learn the difference between oil paints, acrylic paints and water paints to create artwork using various techniques that all have different outcomes. Furthermore, paintings can be used to teach history, discuss perspective (including philosophical perceptions via abstract work), and grasp artistic concepts such as shading, light, and distance.
Art is a subject that is being marginalized and even forgotten in test-driven traditional school settings. Luckily, parents who homeschool can make an effort to interest their children in the art world. By simply introducing children to the magic of painting parents might be nurturing the talents of the next big artist or simply giving their kids a fun and creative outlet for their energy.