Why Include Families in Our Art Therapy Courses?

Families form the foundation of a child’s upbringing and welfare. This is why it is important for families to not only encourage children to actively participate but also to support the children as well. Art therapy helps improve a child’s relationship with family members. If families understand how children express themselves through art they get an indication of how they express themselves socially.

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher

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.