Timeless classics children should be acquainted with

Besides the cultural and historical significance that each artwork carries, children are also blessed with immense educational value. With the focus being transitioned to STEM, the study of art is being steadily disregarded.

Nonetheless, art boosts social awareness and collaborative skills within children and encourages their creative spree to bloom. As digital art has already begun to encroach upon, we go back to canonical works to study their research, spiritual and historical value. 

 Leonardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper

 The monumental importance of this painting is accentuated by the simplicity it carries. Besides the biblical aspect of the painting, interesting scholarly interpretations of the painting’s hidden symbol are of equal merit. The painting would introduce children to the glorious Renaissance and the literature associated with Da Vinci Code.

The Last Supper paves an amusing way for children to know about the life of Christ, his teaching and apostles. Symbolic meanings behind the painting would never stop intriguing your child about the subject.

Michelangelo Buonarotti, The Creation of Adam 

The scene from the Book of Genesis takes place just before God breathed life into Adam. For Michelangelo, however, it was not about the creation of Adam but the entire species of homo sapiens. Undeniably, the painting is an interesting introduction to the creation, Vatican, evolution and biblical God.

Edvard Munch, The Scream

The painting is a beautiful depiction of the modern society where we live as individuals anxious, paranoid and alienated. In his paintings, Expressionism and Symbolisms are most fervently used and the study of which would improve critical thinking skills. It would nurture the art of thinking out-of-the-box would be much more feasible.

Munch’s painting has been used countless times in pop culture which in itself is a substantial reason why children should be acquainted with him.

Claude Monet, Impression. Sunrise 

An impressionist masterpiece, this artwork fuelled the triumphant growth of impressionism in history. Children would be fascinated to learn about the various art movements in history and Monet’s legacy, in particular, provided they are taught with the help of pictorial representations. 

Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The painting has come to symbolise Japanese art in the world and the woodblock ukiyo-e style. It can be certainly counted as an important part of the study of Westernisation and Japan. The abundant illustration and the mind-bogglingly beautiful techniques used by the artist make for compelling anecdotes and stir children to conjure novel methods of experimenting with art.