Practice makes artist

My friend’s little 5-year-old daughter would love to learn how to draw. We started her on her journey with some instructions to develop her drawing skills. Lines, circles, scribbles. Her hands are small, her grip is weak, her eye-hand coordination is developing bus she has an awesome attention span. She definitely is interested and tries hard. In time and with practice, strength and direction will come automatically. It takes time and lots of practice. One hour a week in an instructional class will not make anyone an artist. It certainly will not teach a skill.

The best chance a kid has to learn anything she is interested in is when her parents support her in what she loves to do and they help find her ways to enjoy it. They learn best when they imitate the adults they look up to and trust. Parents should be drawing, painting, enjoying arts and crafts with the children at home, if they want them to learn to enjoy arts and crafts.

There are lots of drawings and art work in the studio. There is also a mural in progress on the wall. She thought if we could draw on the wall then she could draw on the wall as well. And she did. Which goes to show that young kids love to imitate adults. Just make sure that kids have a separation of the studio from the home. We don’t want them to go home and start drawing on the freshly painted walls. There is a time and place for everything.

Parents should not push their kids into classes to learn. Kids should be there to have fun. The focus should be to engage them, and in a way that won’t make their interest fizzle. At a minimum, a parent who wishes a child to learn a skill should discuss this with the child, so when they get here the child will know exactly what to expect and why he/she is here.

The most important thing is to spend time practicing. So draw and paint with the child at home, and practice, practice, and practice some more.

About aszabo110

My name is Andrea. I am a homeschooling mom of 2 children. I have enjoyed teaching them since they were born. I follow their interests, allowing them to learn what interest them most. I self taught myself drawing and painting techniques, I have been drawing since I was 5 years old and I have been painting for 15 years. I have had great teachers to learn painting techniques from. My favourite watercolour teacher was Moira Clark from Toronto. I have also taken a diploma art course at Startford Career Institute - under the guiding wings of Linda Drewry - to further my skills in several other media, such as acrylic, pastel, oil, charcoal, pencil and watercolour. I love all other handcraft techniques. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a child. I learned basic crocheting from my mother when I was 7 years old. Once I could read I taught myself more stitches and experimented with patterns. I learned knitting in school when I was 13 years old. I learned to sew when I was 18. My hobby is scrap booking which I started when my babies were born. My kids inspire me to be the best person and teacher I can be while we develop their art. Our house is decorated with their art work.

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