CHILDREN EXCURSIONS ON ADULT MUSEUMS
The joint rest of children and parents sometimes looks like a compromise of the form “today I am bored, and tomorrow you”. In other words, adults are ready to stomp around the carousels in the amusement park to buy the consent of the child to spend the day in the art gallery. Meanwhile, children relate to the visual arts with the same interest with which they perceive everything new. It is only necessary to help them maintain a taste for the examination of paintings and sculptures. In our article you will find some tips on how to introduce a child to the world of beauty, as well as learn about art museums where special children’s programs are developed. Getting ready to go to the museum in advance. Acquaintance with the fine arts begins with the first children’s books. Parents try to choose books with clear, colorful drawings, and children can look at pictures for a long time. It will be nice if, before going to the painting gallery, you, too, look at the book with your child – only this will be a book with reproductions (virtual picture galleries can come to the rescue). Firstly, this will be the first step towards the perception of serious paintings. Secondly, it may be that the child will show interest in specific subjects, and it will be easier for you to decide what exactly you look at in the museum. The choice of what to pay attention to is a second important step. If you are going to a museum with a preschooler, make the theme of the mini-excursion paintings with fairy tales. For example, the Tretyakov Gallery exhibited paintings “Alyonushka”, “Ivan Tsarevich on the Gray Wolf”, “Athletes” by Viktor Vasnetsov, “The Swan Princess” by Mikhail Vrubel, and Ivan Bilibin’s illustrations for “The Tale of the Golden Cockerel”. In the Russian Museum – “Sadko” by Ilya Repin and “Mikula Selyaninovich” by Nicholas Roerich. You might want to turn to the landscapes and show your child the works of Shishkin, Levitan, Aivazovsky, Kuindzhi, and maybe the artists of the Barbizon School or Little Dutch. Biblical or historical subjects may fall into the scope of attention. Do not be afraid of children’s questions – adults usually have enough knowledge to answer them. Talk with the child about the heroes of the canvas, ask what mood the picture causes him. Try visiting the Pinakothek in Munich to discuss the expressive stories of Brueghel and Van Eyck, and Botticelli and Perugino’s paintings on biblical themes. Let the child give a misinterpretation of what is happening, but he will definitely linger on the paintings. See also: Interest at a glance: we are preparing to go to the museum with a child Many other useful tips that will help introduce children to the world of painting can be found in the book “How to Talk to Art with Children” by the teacher of the Louvre School, art critic Francoise Barb-Gall. The third step is to familiarize yourself with the museum’s plan to easily find the necessary paintings (for example, the Louvre’s website has a detailed plan of all floors of the building). It’s better to do this in advance, but you can purchase a plan right at the entrance to the gallery or ask the roommates about where the exhibit you need is located. If you don’t have time to anticipate going to the museum with your child by viewing reproductions, just try to follow your child through the museum rooms, considering what the child will stop at. His eyes can attract bright colors, a familiar (or mysterious) plot, images of children and even just a banquet for tired visitors. Sit down on a small bench and look at the canvases that are nearby. Note that the first excursions to museums for children are unlikely to be long. Even if you look at only one picture – the main thing is that the child subsequently does not refuse to visit art galleries. Therefore, complete the trip to the museum with a visit to the gift shop. A small gift should be with meaning: a set of postcards or stickers with reproductions, a bookmark or notepad with motifs of famous paintings will revive the memory of a child seen in museum halls. You can even save entrance fees and a museum plan.