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)
conversations with my students
Last week I asked a few students about whether they ever see either of their parents/ caregivers drawing.
Almost every single child said that they had at least one parent who never drew anything, and probably never would. And that's pretty much what I was expecting to hear, even though these parents have been putting their child into art classes.
I know a lot of adults who honestly believe they can't draw, have NO artist ability whatsoever, and seem to have such a strong emotion about not drawing.... which leads me to believe that of course they would love to be able to draw!
The chats with my young students about the benefits of drawing definitely reinforced my desire to help more adults, and not just kids. So, if you are still reading, and are up for a wee challenge, to show your kids that you understand that trying something new can be scary, that learning a new skill might not be easy, and that being kind to ourselves when learning, is so important, jump on my email list and you can get started right away with a free download art lesson.
You may even like to email me a photo of you and your kids drawing together. Kim@allsmilez.com or maybe you can just comment below this post to let me know if you are inspired to get drawing with the kids.
And, since you have my email address, I'd love it if you save me as a contact so you don't miss my emails coming to you. I'd like to share more ideas with you on how you can grow your skills and those of your children before they get to that point where they think they simply can't draw.
You already have it in you. Let's draw!
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.