Art therapy can become a bonding experience for the whole family and not just the individual. Keeping families involved in our art program is an important responsibility for us as child art facilitators. Sharing with families the role of art in the curriculum and activities in which the children are participating will encourage their support of the program and of the children’s learning.
Remember that family involvement can be just about anything, even a trip to the local art museum.
At home, art projects can be done to help promote art as a therapy. For example, a facilitator can give the theme, ‘people’ and the parents can then encourage their children to create art that will manifest this theme. These projects can always be optional and the facilitator will have to provide materials that will enhance creativity.
Through art young children develop skills that will also enhance other aspects of their life.