As soon as your child can hold a crayon, he or she becomes an artist, drawing pictures that look like scribbles or raindrops or galloping herds of horses.
Help young children learn to draw.
- Show how to make lines squiggly or thick, soft or heavy.
- Show how to decide what is most important to draw and what are details for later or to skip.
- Model going back to a drawing and adding on or improving it.
- Use drawings to spark conversation and learning.
- Show how different art supplies can be used.
Developmentally, kids progress from scribbles to representing forms to detailed realism. See the chart of developmental stages of art.
I’m a big believer in modeling, in other words, doing what you want your child to do to show him. So, sit down and start drawing. Then, invite your child to draw next to you suggesting that he picks something else to draw than you.
Keep art supplies handy and accessible so you can find your artist moments throughout the day!
What are your favorite art supplies? What does your child love to draw?