One of the simplest ways to make art a family affair is to visit an art museum. The museum doesn't have to be as grand as The National Gallery of Art. It can be a small museum or gallery in town. Take an afternoon and walk around the museum with your children, talking about what you see. Try to spend a short time in each section to get an overall view of what the museum has to offer. Watch your children and observe how they perceive different types of art. Do their eyes lights up when they look at a landscape painting? Are they hurrying through the sculpture exhibit? Do they have questions about a particular genre? Children's body language can tell you much about how they feel and whether they should linger or move along.
Interact with your children during your adventure. Ask them questions, such as What do you think is happening in this painting? What are the people doing? Why do you think the artist painted this picture? What do you like or dislike about this creation? Have some fun while you're exploring the museum by introducing a game. You can rename a painting and create a story about what you see. Perhaps you can pick up a souvenir postcard of a favorite art work, which you can place on the refrigerator at home. It could help spark conversation and remind you to plan your next visit.
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