Teaching your Child Drawing the Proper Way

Philippines
May 25, 2008 8:55pm CST
Drawing is an innate skill for us humans, give your child a pencil or crayon and paper and they will instantly know how to use them. You can teach your child to be creative through drawing. For me, here's how: 1. Maintain a positive and fun atmosphere when showing your kids how to draw. Compose a game plan and interesting activities, make them experience that drawing can be an adventure. 2. Avoid letting them copy existing cartoon characters or designs. Encourage them to create their own or let them copy real objects, images or sceneries instead. 3. Encouragement is the key, not flattery or false praises. Kids are smarter than you think, they also have their own aesthetic sensibilities. 4. Help them overcome their fear of not drawing something beautiful by telling them that there are so many ways of creating images. 5. Be a model, literally and figuratively. Let them draw while you also draw them. What do you think?
1 response
@underdogtoo (9601)
• Philippines
27 May 08
You seem to be an artistic, talented fellow and I have something to ask you. Has anyone ever asked you about your avatar? Is there a particular significance to it? Does it bother anyone? Would you change it if anyone asked?
• Philippines
27 May 08
Hmmm, I think I get what you are pointing at. Nobody has ever asked about my avatar yet. I think it is very significant for me. If you seem bothered by it, I guess it's not my fault anymore. If someone asked me to change it, I would ask why? Yes, I believe you are perceiving a face of a child. But as you can see, this is not a depiction of a "real" child anymore, nor does it simulate and identify anyone in particular. My avatar has become an art in itself and not merely a "photo realistic" copy of a real child. If it was, then I could be really in trouble, but then that still depends. In fact, this is a very large painting and when you see this painting in person upclose realtime, you wouldn't say it is a face of a child. And that's my intention with this painting. This is one of the issues in art today, appropriating something. But in this case, this is my artwork, in fact this is a painting (painted on canvas) and not a photograph. I have read mylot's photoguidelines and it says, "Dont post photos that exploit, solicit or endanger minors." Again, this is not a photo but it is my painting. And I believe, so far with my posts, I am not in any way exploiting etc. anyone.