Drawing could be the most easy activity to do at home and a good way for a child to start developing skill. Before going in the process I would like you to understand that creating is not just a ‘nice’ activity; it transforms, connects and empowers.
“Making connect the hands, eyes and brain in a very special way, it’s empowering for both maker and viewer. The act of making is optimistic; it’s an act of faith. People of all ages feel better for doing it.
Making can also be very social – conversations can meander while hands are kept busy. But it can also be very personal and gives confidence to children who listen to their own internal monologue that takes place as they make in solitude.
If we want a world full of creative, entrepreneurial thinkers, we need to enable and sustain making from a very young age. Not all of us will become sculptors or engineers or designers, but we will become more connected, rounded and creative people.”
By doing art with a child, you should always have in mind that the process of creation is in the center of the activity. It’s important for a child to be able to create without constraints, to liberate its faculty of expression through artistic activity.
Choose a spacious place : set up a space where your kid can be free to experiment (and get messy!).
Avoid giving direction : don’t tell your kid what to make or how to make it. Instead of saying, “Paint a rainbow,” encourage her/him to “experiment with mixing colors using different types of pen and paper,”
Choose material adapted to a child : always prefer natural materials. Most of the time I use beeswax crayon, or wooden pen when they are older. Run away from plastic stuff or chemical pen.
Don’t draw like an adult with your child : When parents draw something representational while a younger child is sketching, it can frustrate him. It’s better to be near him and let him know that you’re interested and supportive of his art-making.
Encourage her instead of giving rewards : Prefer to give her encouragement during the process. If you praise her for the final result, she would be seeking for this reward.
To inspire a child and set up a creative atmosphere I recommend you to read a fairy tale. Then we go from the story to make a representation (draw the princess of the tale for exemple). Next step could be to transform the tale, add new character, give them new skills. Or make him invent the suite if you didn’t finish the story. To invite him to be creative, if he can’t, we draw with him (principle of imitation).
Invite him to draw for a loved one can also be a great motivator.
You have many keys that you need, these advices, most of them, can be applied to other activities. If you have any questions let me know in the comment or send me an email. I’ll be glad to answer you. I am preparing a surprise for the coming week, stay tuned.