Modern art is highly misunderstood and seen by many as work that could be done by a child in a matter of minutes. However, even though you may not be able to see the beauty in abstract art, your child may very well be able to relate.
Modern art became popular in the late 19th century at the same time contemporary art originated. Artists at this time experimented with simple lines and flat colors to show that art can be broken down to its essentials and still be beautiful and meaningful. People like Pablo Picasso used distorted proportions to show that they were not trying to recreate a photograph, but at the same time not trying to change the world that we see.
For those who think artists such as Jackson Pollock just splattered paint onto a canvas should know that Pollock was an “action painter” who did not just use paint as a medium, but as a means of releasing his inner pent up feelings. Another famous pop artist, Andy Warhol, chose to paint everyday illustrations that could be deemed unimportant, when really the artist brought attention to American images that were taken for granted.
Modern art may be easy to dismiss since it does not appear to be as complex as other styles, but in reality within each piece there is personal expression and years of experience. Most dismiss Mark Rothko’s work as just a bunch of “squares,” but in reality the artist sought to communicate his understanding of the world, not through color, as we might imagine, but through a sense of space within the work.
Young children might able to relate to this art movement because they are learning how to express themselves and how to understand the world around them. Modern art approaches the world with a fresh eye and leaves room for the creative ideas of a child’s mind.
Parents can encourage their child to create with an open mind by touring modern art galleries with their children, by giving their child markers and blank pieces of canvas, or by allowing their child to play with different textures such as clay, sponge, or scraps of paper. Stop by the Markeim Arts Center today, or give us a call at (856) 429-8585 to find classes that will help your child reach their artistic potential.