Kids just naturally love to draw! Even if you can't draw yourself, you should be able to use this guideline to help your child begin on a journey to learn to draw.
Maybe you've decided to take this time out (while we wait for the Covid 19 virus to pass) to teach your child how to draw. Wise decision.
Drawing is an excellent investment in your child's future. It's a valuable skill that once learned is learned for life. In fact, did you know that "Creativity is recognised as one of the most critical skills for the next generation. It's value reaches well beyond the arts to affect every discipline and numerous industries." As written on the Imagination.org website here: https://imagination.org/why-creativity/value-of-creativity/
Children drawings (age 5) from TeachKidsDrawing.com.au
Teaching kids to draw can be a very rewarding and exciting experience if you have some basic foundations in place before you begin.
Before you embark on this journey, consider this guideline:1. Let go of your own fear of drawing
Maybe you struggled to draw as a child, but it doesn't have to be that way for your child. After all, there are so many resources available these days, that you most probably never had access to. Enter this journey with an open and positive mindset.2. Don't expect too much too soon
It's important that you only encourage and never mock your child's drawing attempts. Never laugh at, discourage or humiliate a child when they are trying to learn to draw. The skill of drawing is learned at a different pace for every person no matter what age. Instead, ask the child to tell you about what that they have drawn. Consider saying things like 'Suzie, can you tell me about your drawing, it looks very interesting.'
Children drawings (age 10-11) from TeachKidsDrawing.com.au3. Allow your child to use self-expression along the way
Don't be too strict with your drawing lessons. If your child wants to add a rainbow hat and butterfly with long flowing tendrils to their teddy bear drawing exercise, allow them time to do that. If they are moving too far away from the exercise very early on in the drawing session, gently bring them back on track and let them know that after the lesson they can decorate their drawing how they please. So long as they have spent a little bit of time learning the skills presented, its a great idea to allow some free time afterward to further express themselves. Encourage them and praise them for their creative finishing-touches.
Examples of original drawings from imagination by student Xavier Sloss (age 10)4. Teach your child age-appropriate fundamentals of drawing
Choose a carefully formulated age-appropriate drawing course curriculum. A good drawing course will gently move your child from one skill level to another, at a suitable level for them. Instead of just presenting them with randomly chosen step-by-step 'how to draw' exercises (by cherry-picking from the internet) make sure that there are some fundamental skills being taught.
Focus on the process. For example, if you are learning the 'Construction Drawing Method' then choose exercises and drawings that include that specific method. Teach the method first, then allow free time to use that method with other drawings.
If you are teaching a perspective lesson, begin with very simple one-point perspective and make your way up to harder lessons after that. If you teach drawing in this way you will ultimately free your child to be able to use those processes to create their own drawings from imagination.
Children drawings (age 5) from TeachKidsDrawing.com.au5. Treat your child's drawing as precious
I have saved huge boxfuls of my daughters' drawings from when they were toddlers. Sometimes we get them out and look at them to see how far they have come. We have a special folder to keep all of their drawings in. We also have a display folder for their favourites. Often a special drawing will appear on the kitchen fridge and/or in a frame on the wall or shelf. I encourage you to treat your child's drawings a precious. Afterall they set time aside from their busy lives, to pour out their heart and soul into their masterpiece, and that means a lot in these busy times.
I hope you fully embrace this precious experience with your child as you embark on the wonderful journey of helping them learn to draw.