If you have a high school teen that has taken a keen interest in art, and they think they may want to study it in college, there are some things you can do to nurture their interest and to see if this is really something they want to pursue. Often kids don't understand what having a job in the field they are interested in would entail, or what they would have to do to support themselves while they try to be an artist. Here are a few things to do.
Tour Campus Art Programs
Be sure that you take tours at campus art programs, so that the student can see what type of classes they have to take, what the art programs and buildings look like, and what will be expected of them. They may realize what type of art they want to specialize in when they are touring the college campus, or they may find interest on other types of college programs.
Find a Contemporary Art Center
Find a local art center in your area. Schedule the following with your teen so they can learn more about their interest:
- Schedule an art tour
- Sign up for one or more art classes
- Talk with a manager about an apprenticeship
- Apply for a part-time job
Doing these things will help your teen see what it's like to work in the field, and they will also get to learn about their craft and talent with classes.
Shadow and Artist Prepping for a Show
Find a local artist that your teen can watch prepare for a show, and see if the artist needs any help preparing for the show. This would be a great learning experience for your teen to see how much thought goes into the show, what the organization entails, and what type of timeline they have to work on.
There are a lot of great careers that will allow your teen to work in the field of art, whether they want to be someone that does tours at local museums, or if they actually want to create and sell art for a living. If you take the time to help your teen nourish their career interests before they go to college, it will help give them direction. It will help your teen realize if they really want to work with art for the rest of their life or if maybe they need a backup plan.