In fine art, the term “drawing” may be defined as the linear realization of visual objects, concepts, emotions, and fantasies, including symbols and even abstract forms. Drawing is a graphic art that is characterized by an emphasis on form or shape, rather than mass and color as in painting. Drawing is quite different from graphic printmaking processes, because although a drawing may form the basis for replication, it is by its very nature, unique. In addition, as an independent stand-alone art form, drawing offers the widest possible scope for creative expression. Bodies, space, depth, three-dimensionality, and even movement can be made visible through the drawing. Furthermore, drawing expresses the draughtsman’s personality spontaneously in the flow of the line, making it one of the most personal of all artistic statements. Painting and drawing would obviously make use of one’s imagination. They would create vivid images of houses, people, and places. People can even choose to portray their emotions and produce abstract art. As these would entail the creation of personal works, one would have to use his artistic skills. These activities would then play a beneficial role in the development of one’s brain.
Let’s have a look at some of the best ways of teaching kids drawing at home:
1. Make it a part of their routine:
Incorporate art-making into playtime. Make an art zone if you want to isolate the mess. Tape down paper for them to draw on and spill on, and make a smock out of old clothes. Taping paper on a table can help a small child focus on the motion of drawing, without having to hold down and adjust the drawing paper. Buy chunky crayons and washable markers that are easy to grip.
2. Try to play with them; not teach:
Children develop basic motor skills with every scribble. They also develop creativity, invention, and self-expression. A child this young needs no instructions, only appreciation. Sit with children when they draw, talk with them about their art, but do not attempt to teach. Avoid the impulse to correct. Small children may paint purple grass, floating people, and babies the size of houses. If you correct them you will damage their self-confidence and interrupt their natural learning progress.
3. For 5 – 9 years old:
At this age, your child can now start drawing based on observation. Up until now, he will be drawing based on his own interpretation and previous knowledge. Give your children new objects for them to draw. Choose objects that they are attached to and have a simple geometry. Something like his favourite sippy cup or toy would serve best. Encourage your child to not look down too much at the paper while drawing. Help him realise that the outcome is less important than learning the right techniques.
4. For 9 – 11 years old:
Your child, at this stage, will be able to grasp more complex concepts. This is a great time to understand proportions and drawing. He can draw several objects of different sizes placed next to each other. He can also start to draw and understand human anatomy by drawing himself by looking in a mirror or getting someone to pose for him. Your child might get discouraged by the end result of his drawing. Be sure to remind him that drawing is about practice on a regular basis and that he should focus on the process rather than the results.
Be sure not to criticize anything that your child has drawn. In this stage of their lives, they need all the support and encouragement. Instead, point out certain aspects of the drawing that they have done particularly well. Given the various health benefits of painting and drawing, it is clear these activities can be very useful in promoting the welfare of an individual.