Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
Download the three files at the bottom of this blog to help your child learn to draw.
I remember my father teaching me to draw. He made one line and I copied it, then he made another and I copied it. I didn't see how these lines were going to become anything until they came together and the face of Fred Flintstone appeared, it was magical.
Drawing remains with me one of the most rewarding things in my life so I love helping children learn this skill.
Sketchbooks are for making mistakes
The sketchbook is for thinking with our markers as we draw. We use markers so we don't spend our time erasing in class. A sketch is a quick practice drawing. It helps to see what to do by looking at what what isn't being done.
If we are trying to make a large circle, as big as our hand, and we draw a small one, we draw over the small shape to make the one we really want: the bigger circle. We use the mistake as a gauge to help us do it correctly. It's easier not to repeat the same mistake if we look at the mistake as a guide and helper. Mistakes are not "wrong" nor are we wrong for trying to learn a new skill.
This is not easy for children. We all want to do it right the first time and we feel we should be able to do it well right away. Everyone feels this way, even adults. These are our personal feelings getting in the way again of our abilities to stay open to learning. Learning to like ourselves for not being perfect and accepting our mistakes as opportunities is big work.
Ways to help your child learn to draw:
The files below are examples I have used in class and you can use at home with your children.
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.