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What Art Can Tell You About Your Child

April 27th, 2015
What Art Can Tell You About Your Child

The style of art your child gravitates towards can tell you a lot about his or her personality.  Psychology professors at University College London studied the connection between the type of art a person is drawn to and what that says about personality.

It was discovered that those who like realistic landscapes are closed off to new experiences where those who like abstract works are more likely to be enticed into trying new things. The researchers also discovered that more males preferred the Renaissance artists, compared to the females who gravitated towards pastels.

Through data collected from the BBC’s Art and Personality experiment, you can loosely interpret certain personality traits associated with artists and painting styles. If your child likes classical figures from the Renaissance which are painted in proportion and feminine, he or she may do things by-the-book.  They may also typically pay attention to detail and small elements such as perspective and depth. If your child gravitates towards impressionist paintings with rapid brushstrokes and soft color, he or she is most likely a cheerful individual who is responsive to movement and light. Your child views life in a happy-go-lucky way.

On the other hand, if your child likes postimpressionist artists such as Van Gogh, who used swirling brushstrokes and bright color, they may have a strong sense of self and specific interests. If he or she is attracted to “fragmented” art by Picasso, who was a Cubist, it is likely they are an analytical person. Surrealists such as Dali, who painted nonsensical melting clocks, attract viewers who may have a vivid imagination or a good understanding of their inner thoughts. Abstract expressionists who trailed dots of paint on a canvas may attract those whose mental energy connects with the piece of art. If your child is interested in this particular form, it may indicate that they are observant and a bit introverted.

Even though these observations should be interpreted loosely, the type of art your child is drawn to can say a lot about their habits and personalities. They may identify with a type of art that says a lot about their inner emotions that you might not even be aware of. Exposing your child to the world of art opens their senses and allows them to delve into a universe that will help them learn more about themselves. At the Markeim Arts Center, children are exposed to a large variety of art and have the chance to create their own. Stop by today to enroll your child in one of our many classes, or give us a call at (856) 429-8585.