BOCA RATON, FLA.-
Keep Kids Smart with ART and other online community art initiatives began Friday, March 20th. This free online series
for parents at home with their kids, and family members of all ages, is from the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
The Museum has always provided the community the added benefit of an Art School campus with an innovative art faculty, since its very beginnings in 1950. These art educators are using their expertise to develop online resources using the power of art. Also for seniors who are keeping social distance and who might feel isolated.
This series will provide art-oriented ways for people to creatively utilize their new free-time at home. Online art lessons, tips for parents to use art-making and creativity with their kids at home, and activities for all ages. The resources on this landing page will evolve as time passes, as the art teachers receive feedback and reactions from families about their needs. It will also branch out to the Museum's social media channels for ongoing activities: #BocaMuseumatHome.
Art, culture, and creativity have always made a difference in powerful ways, especially during challenging times, said Irvin Lippman, the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. While the Museum is temporarily closed, we will continue to give back to the community. Being inspired and creative have not been canceled. These artists in our new exhibition, "Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery," made a lasting mirror effect of themselves, cutting across time and creating a very personal art that engages us the viewer. adds Lippman.
According to the National School Boards Association, kids who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
Studies show that art helps kids earn higher report card grades because skills developed through art lead to better learning in other areas.
Tips for parents and students on using art in your home:
Provide a special creative zone at home.
Make sure that your "creative zone" is mess-friendly and able to stand up well to spills and art-related fun.
Focus on the fun process, not on the outcome.
Create a special area to showcase your childs artwork.
Watch and encourage your children as they work on their art.
Ask them questions to engage them while they create.