January is National Creativity Month. What better way to inspire creativity in your child than a visit to a museum? Ocala is lucky to have the Appleton Museum of Art, governed by the College of Central Florida and the CF Foundation.
The Appleton Museum has some incredible art, including paintings, scuptures, photos, and some unique historical artifacts. They also have special events and art shows at various times throughout the year.
Opening on January 21st, For the Love of the Sea: Watercolors of Philip Steel is the next show to open. This show will feature 34 of his original watercolor paintings, and at 2pm that afternoon, the artist will demonstrate his technique. This show will be at the Appleton through March 11, 2012.
The Appleton has frequent new events and shows taking place often, so don’t make it just a one time visit. Check the website often to see what’s coming up, as you never know what might be coming soon. For example, in April, Art and the Animal will open, featuring 45 pieces of high standard animal art created by internationally trained classical artists. This would be sure to be a unique, exciting experience that any animal loving child would be thrilled to have.
After a visit to the museum, head home to let inspiration take over. Get out the watercolors, oil paints, fingerpaints, crayons or colored pencils and some paper and create something amazing. Maybe the kids want to try to recreate their favorite painting or draw their favorite sculpture. Perhaps they were inspired by something they saw and want to create their very own original artwork.
Maybe your child isn’t into drawing, painting, sculpting or the like; that doesn’t mean a trip to the Appleton can’t be inspiring. Perhaps it will inspire a short story, or an interest that was formerly dormant: perhaps a new interest in a period of history.
Use it to boost confidence in a child who is struggling. Sometimes a child with a learning disability may have sagging self esteem due to their struggles. Showing them the pottery created by civilizations gone by, or paintings done by someone who probably had their own struggles and showing your child that these people kept going and that their work is now hanging in a museum can be enough to convince your child not to give up, to keep trying in the face of adversity.
The Appleton Museum is closed on Mondays, but is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 12-5pm. General admission is $6 for adults, $3 for youth (ages 10-18) and free for children (under 9 years of age). It’s $4 for senior citizens.
The Appleton Museum is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala. Make sure you stop by!