When a child is drawing they are strengthen their brain and developing eye-hand coordination. They are learning how to observe the angles, curves, dots and circles in an object and then transfer that information from the brain, to the hand, and then to the paper.
The number one reason why art is such an appealing way to learn is that it’s fun. Our desire to create as human beings is strong. Kids want to draw and they love to use their imagination.
Create a space. I love it when my young students come to me and tell me that they have their own drawing space and a wall to hang their pictures. When they tell me this they are usually smiling ear to ear and are very proud of their artwork.
Try to find a small space in your home where your child’s “art space” can stay set up. If you are having to constantly set up and breakdown the workspace, art may not happen as often and as freely. Encourage your child by hanging up their art. Check out Pinterest for great ideas on how to incorporate your child’s art in your home décor.
Ask your child questions about their drawings. Every line, dot, animal, color or element, means something. Many young children’s drawing will often be done in story form. Example: This is my dad and I going to the store. This is my dog running in the park. When you take the time to learn about their artwork you will show them that their artistic expression is important.
This article written by Jennifer Mathson of Kindred Art Studio, appeared in the November 2014 issue of Montana Parent Magazine. To see full version of article, you may download a PDF here, or can see their digital version online here. Photography in article by Cami Joy Photography.
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