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How to connect technology and art for your child

Julia Christensen is an experienced tutor and professional writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.

If your child views technology and art as an either-or situation, help them connect the two

Technology and art have a lot in common: Both are important fields in society, both can foster creativity and both can help your child's education. And yet, both can be viewed as polarizing fields, with some students drastically preferring one over the other. If your child views technology and art as an either-or situation, helping them make the connection between the two can open up countless new educational possibilities.

If your student likes technology

Whether it's computer games, robots or websites, your student may prefer technology over art. Try using some of her STEM skills to create digital art! Depending on her age, practicing graphic design or digital photography may be simple, creative outlets that she can try at home. Age-appropriate digital art labs are available (and may even come pre-installed on your computer) and sturdy, kid-friendly digital cameras are available at a fairly low cost.

You can also hop on image-based social media sites together, like Pinterest and Instagram, to look for art. A familiar platform is a great launching point to look for new content — it may help ease the transition. If you're at a loss for what to search, try using hashtags or search for one of your favorite artists to show her.

Her artistic outlet does not need to stop on the screen. If you have access to a 3D printer, try creating projects together. For a more affordable option, you can try a 3D printing pen, which can take your student's doodles off the page and into the air. Since these products get hot, remember that adult supervision will be required.

If your student likes art

Use technology to explore art around the world. Many world-renowned museums showcase their collections — even pieces that aren’t currently on view — online. This can range from photos of pieces to panoramic digital tours. With an internet connection, your art-adoring student can stop by the The Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute or The British Museum without leaving your living room.

While you're looking at art online, search for artists who are blurring the line between technology and art. With the rise in technology comes a rise of new mediums, and a quick search of "technology artists" shows a variety of pieces, ranging from the use of wires to screens.

If she likes creating two-dimensional art, such as paintings or drawings, you can use a scanner to bring her pieces into the digital world. Upload the piece into your computer using your scanner and see what else she can add. From there, she can use software to add stickers, crop and alter pieces, or even make online galleries.

For more tips and strategies to help your student succeed in school, visit varsitytutors.com.

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