It looks like online is the way to go for educating your kids. With this in mind, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has started a proprietary online art series for kids. And it’s free. The kids’ program, called Keep Kids SMART with Art, offers everything from art tutorials to online explorations of the museum’s exhibits (currently closed to the public) to parent tips for better at-home art projects.
While academic studies are the emphasis as schools completely enter the internet for at least the next few months, other subjects, especially art, shouldn’t be overlooked.
“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, in a press release.
The museum’s free online community initiatives give parents a break and kids a fun outlet. The online programs also have offerings for senior citizens who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness; art brings a feeling of connection and community.
“While the Museum is temporarily closed, we will continue to give back to the community,” Irvin Lippman, the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art said in a statement. “Being inspired and creative have not been canceled.”
Lippman continued. “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.”
Art Helps Kids Across the Academic Board
According to the National School Boards Association, kids who study art (often now neglected in public schools because of funding issues) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
The skills kids learn in art class, from coordination to concentration, often lead to better learning in other areas.
The Boca Museum of Art offers these quick tips for parents for online art instruction:
- 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 child’s artwork.
- Watch and encourage your children as they work on their art.
- Ask them questions to engage them while they create.
First Exhibit Up: “Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery”
Think of portraits as the ultimate “selfies.” Boca Raton Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, features self-portraits from major artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The works span from 1901-2015 and feature works by Elaine de Kooning, Alice Neel and Lee Simonson. The 60 works are a brilliant way to show kids the broad variety of art as self-representation, from watercolors to video.
“These individuals have approached self-portraiture at various points in history and using different tools, but their representations ─ especially when seen together ─ all raise important questions about self-perception and self-reflection,” Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery said.
This exhibit is a great jumping-off point for exploring the art world together as a family.