Drawing is an art that never dies. Many of us simply abandon it. As life progresses, we stop dreaming as we wake up. Our kids don’t have to experience the same fate. Let their drawings scream to the world.
Forget the mess; your kids are creating memories. Let their work be the instrument of war that helps them do something meaningful in life instead of being a tech slave.
Therefore, how do we help our kids take their drawing skills to the next level so that they stay engaged with the art longer than we did?
Practice, Practice, and Practice
The more they practice, the better they will get. Remember, perfection doesn’t really exist because one can always better their best. So, perfection is an unreachable goal.
The pursuit of it is a great opportunity to improve. So, unplug their lives from technology by having some strict “no screen” rules to encourage them to spend time on more creative and imaginative things such as drawing. Make drawing a regular part of their playtime routine.
It would prove to be the best tradeoff ever. So, to draw well, one has to practice well. Of course, it’s not a well-kept secret, but it’s the only sturdy secret to get better at the job.
Enroll them in a Drawing Class
Art classes are generally trimmed out of the syllabus first when schools have to follow a strict budget. As a parent, you don’t have to trim them too. Enrollment into a drawing class could prove to be the perfect gateway for your child to be the next Picasso.
So, don’t underestimate the untapped power of art in your kid’s life. The class will make your kid accountable. Moreover, the art teacher will correct his/her mistakes. Kids will also benefit from watching others at the art class.
The opportunities are immense to take their drawing skills to the next level by helping them join a reputable drawing school in the neighborhood.
Praise Their Achievements
Don’t downplay the praises. Instead, be generous with them. The heightened sense of appreciation can go a long way in getting them excited about their work. Once their natural need for appreciation is met, they would feel inclined to perform better.
A good idea over here would be to showcase their arts to friends and guests. The best ones can be framed on the wall or can be pasted on the cupboard.
Even though it’s just a crayon drawing, kids generally take a great sense of pride in seeing their work being appreciated. Fill their head with dreams of fame and glory to encourage them to be the best at their work.
Don’t Introduce Technology Too Early
Computer software and other apps that claim to be a blessing for an artist can prove to be a double-edged sword. While they can be a great tool for intermediary and advanced artists, they are not really the best resource for beginners.
In fact, they can murder the artist in your child. What technology does is that it makes complex things easy. In the process, it kills the artist’s vision and creativity. An artist does not feel truly satisfied because he/she knows that the art was not created from start to end on their own.
When software is used as an additional tool such as a paintbrush or a pencil, it’s absolutely fine. However, it should not replace common sense and a creative mind. With little efforts, one is bound to get a little satisfaction. So, make sure to introduce technology at the right time in your kid’s life and not too early.
Draw from Surroundings
It’s ok to stick with pictures from the books and newspapers as one begins. However, you will have to teach your kids to work their way up to draw complex things. The best way to do so is to ask them to draw things from the surroundings.
You can ask them to draw pictures of your furniture or your cat or a microwave oven. Once the kid masters the art of drawing things from the surroundings, you can be sure of their progress. That being said; don’t force your choices on them.
Let them pick and draw ordinary everyday items from the room. Most professional artists out there might have started off with drawing coffee mugs, walls, and other things around them.
Blind Contour Drawing
How about teaching them how to draw things without letting them look down at the piece of paper? Yes, that’s literally blind drawing. It’s an effective technique used mostly by budding artists to hone their drawing skills.
What it does is that it focuses on exercising the muscles of the brain and the body. It activates certain parts of the brain, which is hardly used during drawing. By giving life to the unappreciated part of the brain, it helps one take their drawing skills to the next level over a period of time.
Teach Them to Love Drawing
Yes, you don’t have to simply teach them how to draw, but you also have to teach them how to fall in love with drawing. So, encourage them to draw whatever they like. Also, don’t make them run after grades.
By doing so, you will only be forcing them to advance faster than what their minds can accept. Instead, tell them how happy you are with the results. If their love for drawing is deep rooted, then nothing can stop their greatness.
Even with no intentions on improving their skills, they will continue to accelerate at a rapid pace beyond the drawing curriculum because every task would be a labor of love and personal joy.
Most people tend to believe that drawing is a talent. While it’s not completely untrue, it’s more of a skill than a talent. A skill that can be learned, developed, and nurtured with consistent practice and hard work.
Even the artists with million dollars net worth started off with ugly sketches that weren’t worth a dime. Nobody is a born artist.
So, provide your kids with the right resources and environment so that they excel at their art. In a couple of years from now, many of their drawings could be a part of households or museums as valuable memories or a magnificent piece of artwork.