Drawing and the arts is one of the best ways to get your children in touch with their creativity and imagination. Drawing allows them to explore their minds and environment, create a world of their own and create something that gives them a sense of pride. Whether your child has artistic abilities or not, dabbling in the arts should be encouraged and your child should never feel bad if they are not as good of a drawer as their friend of family member. Make sure to let them know that every person’s drawing style is different and encourage them to keep going with their creativity.
If your child needs help becoming better at drawing or wants to practice getting better, there are plenty of easy drawing exercises for kids that they can explore. To help your child, it is also important for you to know how to unlock creativity for both yourself and your child. Learn and discover more about creativity with this course. This course debunks the “some people are just born creative” myth and shows you ways that you can tap into your creativity. Once you tap into your own creativity, you can help your child find theirs.
Learn the Basics
When learning to draw, knowing the basics is the best place to start. Many great drawings are first a group of shapes. Many people and animals have bodies that resembles shapes like ovals, triangles and circles, so knowing how to draw these shapes is a great way to start. Practice drawing different shapes with your child until they are comfortable and confident with their ability to draw those shapes. Once they are ready, show them how different shapes can form the basis for different items. A cat sitting down can be easily formed by using a triangle for its body, a circle for its head and two triangles for its ears. From there, you can round out the edges on the body and fill in details like eyes, mouth, nose, whiskers, legs, tail and stripes if you want.
If your child wants to learn into the challenging art of drawing people, break the subject down into shapes, just like you did with the cat. Start with an oval for the torso, then add a circle for the head and finally, long and thin ovals for the arms and legs. From there, you can fill out the details. Using shapes this way helps your drawing to be proportionate. That way, one arm is not larger than the other, the head won’t be too big for the body and so on.
Keep in mind, however, that knowing how to break down your drawing subjects into shapes will not automatically make a great artist. This method just makes it easier to draw your subjects proportionately and help as you are beginning your drawing. With anything, becoming good at drawing takes practice, so encourage your child to not give up if they get frustrated. Help them discover the fun of creating something from their imagination and creativity. Hopefully, that will give them the confidence to continue on and break out of that frustrated funk. If you want to learn more about drawing with confidence, we offer a course on that subject. The focus on this course is to make drawing fun for all ages and drawing levels. You will also learn techniques that can help you with your drawing style and help make your drawings that much more impressive.
Drawing cartoon characters is a great way to introduce children to drawing and to get them to love it. That’s because it is fun for them to take the characters they love on TV and bring them into their lives on their own drawing page. Not only that, the lines and shapes are simple and not usually too complicated for a child to recreate. Look at Mickey Mouse for example. One big circle for his head and two little circles for his ears. After that, all you have to do is fill in his eyes, nose and mouth and you have a mouse. There are many cartoon characters that are drawn the same way or similar way. If your child exhausts drawing their favorite cartoon characters, a good idea is to encourage them to think up their own characters. Have them draw their very own characters and assign personalities to each one. From there, you have many possibilities with your child’s new characters. You can encourage your child to write a story with their characters or make comic strips out of them. If they enjoy cartoon drawing and want to learn more about it, we offer a course that teaches you all kinds of different ways to draw cartoons, from the basics to more complicated drawings.
Draw and Write
Many times, creative skills like drawing and writing go hand in hand. Children’s books are a great example of this relationship. Thinking of a story and bringing the story and characters to life through drawing is an extremely creative and rewarding project. Writing and illustrating a book can also be a great project to work on with your child, creating a parent-child bonding activity. Work on creating characters you would like to see in your story. You can create them from your imagination or base them on family members or friends for an extra fun twist to your activity. Once you create and draw the characters, think of a story you would like them to be a part of. Have your child take control of the characters’ personalities and the storyline, while you give him or her ideas along the way. If your child gets writer’s block, have some suggestions on-hand to brainstorm and get them out of the funk. If you have a boy, there are plenty of books to draw inspiration from. You can take a look at this blog post, which highlights many books for boys of all ages. Read these classics together and get inspired for the book you want to write and illustrate.
If your child finds a great interest in drawing and the arts, perhaps it’s time to introduce new mediums to them. Switching over from easy drawings to mediums such as painting and sculpting is easy to do, but still poses enough of a challenge so children will be engaged and keep wanting to learn. With these different mediums, however, you have to be a little more careful than you would with drawing. Painting and sculpting are much messier and cleanup can be a hassle. Make sure you teach your child to be careful, wear play clothes and do these activities either outside or in a place in the house that is used for these types of messes. You can also teach your child responsibility by having them clean up and put away the arts items. If you are interested in teaching your child about all of these different art mediums, we offer a course that teaches you all sorts of different art projects for kids. You will not only learn basic drawing (as we have gone over already), but you will also learn about painting with watercolor, painting with acrylics and more.
The most important thing you want to do is to encourage creativity in your child. Support them with their ideas and creative efforts so that creativity will be an important part to them throughout their entire life.