Let's face it. We all know someone, young or old, who honestly believes that they are no good at drawing. And that, my friends, is super sad.
I have been working with children and adults in the exact same way, and I am happy to report that all of them could draw, although, lots did start off with a bit of resistance or fear. If you or someone you know thinks they are no good at drawing, or that they just don't know how, so why should they bother.... PLEASE send them my way!
My drawing challenge is pretty private. Great for building up confidence.
I'm bringing to you, and other members of drawing challenge, 1 lesson per week.
It's something I know that you can do. You can do it as simply or detailed as you like.
That's what I love about the way I teach. It's doable. YOU are in charge. You need to be able to see that you can indeed ENJOY drawing first, then you can have fun experimenting with what you can do with the lesson of the week. It's fun.
Ideally, you might do this along side a family member, young or old. Or at least you will talk to each other about it at home, even if you do the lessons at seperate times.
Check out our drawing challenge which starts Mon Mar 22, but after that you can still join up and do it whenever you like :)
If you feel like your child is rushing through the papers, and their drawings are super quick, I have some ideas to slow them down.
Slowing down with the idea of being a little more purposeful with their experiments in drawings, which also help to keep their art organised and clutter free. Read on.
The answer is in the BOOK.
That's right. Let's get them interested in the value of books. You know how books have something on each page, and we keep them upright in our bookshelf, so they don't get lost or damaged? Well, let's do that with our drawings. Kids' drawings are special and important. They may show a development over time. And this cool to look back on.
By keeping their drawings in a book, otherwise known as a SKETCHBOOK, you will be able to easily keep chronological track of what they've been doing. If your child is old enough to write the short date at the bottom of each drawing, that's even better.
It's also important to set up a nice space and mood for drawing. If wearing headphones and listening to soft music helps to keep them calm and focused you can try this too. No matter what the age. Encourage them to fill the page with their ideas and add the date at the bottom. If they just like to draw without colour, that's fine. If you think it could be nice to slow them down with adding colour to the drawing they just finished, they could give this a go if they haven't got tired. Do not tell them what to do though. It's totally theirs. But helping them to slow down is something you need to role model.
I have a 4 week drawing challenge coming up. It's kinda for all ages, because I know that parents do get a lot of enjoyment and upskilling from my lessons too, but mostly what I love about providing video lessons, is that its in the privacy of your own home, and you can set up when and where you like. You can go back and and start again if you like. You can use them again and again and share in your household.
If you would like to try my new challenge along side your children, or just you with them around to see you, they will STILL get a lot out of it. Seeing someone getting calm and settled and quiet and ready. Someone they love trying something new, listening and giving it a go. Keeping your work tidy in your sketchbook, then coming back to the same sketchbook, keeping this sketchbook in a good place where it doesn't get walked over or folded or lost. So much value in the habits that will come about, not to mention the lessons!
In each lesson, you can follow the prompts and complete your art as simply or elaborately as YOU like. There is no perfect answer and I'll be talking a lot about this in my videos.
So, let's get back to the drawing board (sketchbook, or plan papered book, or scrapbook, anything you regularly draw in each week)
Jump in now and find out what you need to get started!
(free for a limited time. Starts March 22)
Kim's love of drawing and painting have guided her through all the tough decisions in life, and her passion to help other's know that EVERYONE'S AN ARTIST.