Pablo Picasso had said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
This is very true because once the child is able to hold a pencil or a crayon, they just start scribbling something. This is the very first step towards drawing something. Can you help your child learn pencil sketches without joining any classes? If yes, how? Let us try to find out what we can do to help our children learn pencil sketches.
What exactly is a pencil sketch? It is nothing but a drawing made with a pencil. So, can we help our children learn it? Yes. All you need to do is start with some inexpensive but interesting stuff like a pencil, paper, and an area where they can proceed with their drawing without any disturbance.
Things to keep in mind
- Let them draw – Initially, it is not very important to teach them what to draw and how to draw. Encouraging them to draw is the best thing that can be done. If they have any questions, guide them, but do not tell them what or how to draw in the very beginning. More than letting them know about how to draw, it is just appreciation and creating an atmosphere for drawing that matters.
- Do not correct them – As parents, we always try to correct our kids. Do not correct them for drawing something. The reason being that there is no right or wrong drawing. It is just a drawing. Let them give wings to their imagination. They may just start with some squiggles and move to draw lines and better curves. These are all different stages of learning. In fact, you can let them find their own mistakes. Most of the time, with a little help, children are able to identify mistakes if any in their work. When they find out a mistake by themselves, they also come up with different solutions to correct it.
- As they grow, they learn to draw through observation. At this stage through constructive questions, we can get the child to open up about his/her drawing.
- Keep their drawings safely – you might just keep all the drawings in a file and look at them from time to time. This gives an insight into how far they have come from their initial days of squiggles. These can also be a good motivation when they feel a little low or are not happy with their pencil sketches.
- Let them observe and draw – as children grow, they start observing their surroundings and everything that is around them. This observation shows in their drawings as well.
- Drawing is a skill that can be learned. Yes, there are some children who are probably able to grasp things faster or are born with an inborn talent to be able to draw things better right from the beginning. But that is no reason for you to stop teaching pencil sketches to your child.
- Drawing is a great way of keeping your child away from the screen. Getting school ready, ability to express better, improve cognitive and motor skills, and high self-confidence are some of the qualities that a child can develop through drawing.
- Just sit with your child and draw something interesting which is not just a way of spending some quality time together but can also help you understand your child’s feelings and emotions because they use drawings to bring out their emotions as well.