How to Talk to Kids About Art

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Bob and Roberta Smith, Art Makes Children Powerful, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and von Bartha.

Children take center stage in this thoughtful essay by Casey Lesser for Artsy.Concerned with the importance of exposing young children to artwork, Lesser offers tentative advice on how to steward young people into the world of the arts from artists, educators, and art professionals. Lesser demonstrates how to expose young learners to art with a sense of agency and intelligence, as she writes about the importance of creativity in shaping more knowledgeable and skilled citizens.

“The idea of introducing artworks and artists to kids raises a few questions. What types of art should you show them? How do you keep them engaged? What about artworks that seem inappropriate—should you avoid them? Where do you even begin?”