Talking together about what you see at an art gallery helps your child to ask questions and develop positional and comparative language, like ‘this painting is not as yellow as the one on the other wall’. As you talk and describe what is in the picture your child will begin to compare one painting to another. This is the beginning of sorting, grouping and classification.
As you talk about the different artwork and how it is displayed or where details are placed on the canvas your child is hearing the language of measurement and exploring the different ways we can describe measurement.
When you talk about the painting, picture or sculpture and try and work out what its story is, you are showing your child that pictures contain meaning and tell a story. As you create your own story you are showing that a story can be told and shared in many different ways. A story can be told from a book, a piece of fabric, a photo or a wonderful piece of art.