Drawing isn’t just about creative freedom and expression; it also helps children understand the world around them, develops their imagination and confidence, and hones their fine motor and coordination skills. These tips will help your little ones develop their artistic passion and talent.
Manage your expectations first
Drawing is a skill that takes years to develop. As a parent, it’s important not to have unrealistic expectations of your child in the beginning otherwise they may feel discouraged.
Instead, be positive, let them take the lead, observe them when they draw and ask them about what they’re drawing. Allow them to own what they have drawn and remember that every learning journey is different.
Nurture their love for drawing from a young age
Make drawing supplies, like coloured pencils, pens, markers, stencils, sketch paper and the like, readily available to your kids. Encourage your little ones to draw anytime, anywhere.
Help them develop story themes and give their drawings some context
Turn their artwork into a story of sorts – that means asking them about the characters they’re drawing, the colours they’ve chosen, and so on.
Encourage them to tell you what they’re doing along the way, so they learn how to give meaning and context to every stroke they make.
Wild, Big Cats!
Acrylic & Watercolour on Paper – An observational drawing techniques of animal portraits by using grid transfer method.
Basic is best for babies and toddlers
Teach them simple shapes and basic details at this age. Praise them for their effort and don’t point out mistakes or scold them for being messy or disorganised.
Use their drawing time as an opportunity to teach them about colours and facial expressions.
Bustling Little India Urban Sketch
Watercolour & Ink on Paper – Observational sketch of the streets in Little India. Watercolours added to artwork to bring out richness and vibrancy.
Preschoolers: Build their “visual library”
Instruct your preschooler on the basic steps of drawing something, say, a bird, and then develop their eye for detail by offering suggestions to make the bird “come alive”.
You may also want to present them with different possibilities to build a story. For instance, you could prompt them to draw colourful wings on the bird, ask them how big the bird’s eyes are, and even suggest they draw the bird in motion, flying towards the clouds.
At this age, it’s also good to encourage your child to draw various experiences, such as their visit to the zoo or their day at school.
A Sweet Tooth
Mixed Media on Black Paper – Combining different craft materials such as chalk, paper doilies and pom-pom to form an ice-cream collage.
Grow and build older kids’ artistic skills
School-going kids tend to draw more realistically. However if you want to fully develop their artistic talent, you should encourage them to experiment with different styles. It’s a great time to expose them to different art movements, classical artworks, famous styles of art masters, and so on.
And, instead of asking your kid to “copy and draw” a particular object, which can be limiting – suggest they draw beyond mere observation. For example, they can run their fingers along an object and draw what they “felt”, like textures and contours, or inject their personality, hopes and aspirations into their drawing.
Poppies Rose Field
Acrylic on Canvas – Background is created by dabbing with sponge, roses and poppies were created by smudging with index finger.
Sign them up for art lessons
ARTARY, Singapore’s largest children’s fine art academy, offers a curriculum that is broad-based and progressive. The classes are designed to allow students to acquire, master and build a strong foundation in art.
The academy has several campuses island-wide and aims to provide the best art experience, with fun and creative lessons by formally trained and caring teachers.
For more information about ARTARY, visit https://artary.sg/fineart/.
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