By Carson Davis
About once a week, I take my children to our local art museum. We don’t stay long, and we always have a central focus. Lately, that focus has been dogs. It’s amazing how many dogs appear in portraits, sculptures, and tapestries from the classical period through the present day. I know, because my toddlers find them all.
The next time you’re at an art museum with a young child, think about defining a specific goal for the visit. Your toddler may want to look for dogs too, or she may love a particular color or shape. Older children might select a piece of art to try to replicate at home, or they might come up with a story that explains what’s happening in the piece.
Art museums usually include spaces just for children, like interactive areas or summer art camps, and these are wonderful resources. But the galleries also have a great deal to offer even the youngest patrons–especially those who love dogs.