April 25, 2019

3 Great Tips to Make Your Child Interested in Drawing and Painting

Not every child is good at drawing and painting. Even worse is that children get frustrated when they find that they can’t paint well enough while some of their classmates get praises from teachers for a great artwork.

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If you child falls in this category, you too feel sad about her and wonder what a solution can be. But if you make a little use of your creativity, you can find an easy solution, and even trigger the creativity in your child.

Here are some ideas.

1. Give Less Importance to Perfection

Children often feel that they should draw and paint an object exactly as it is. If they cannot do that, they feel that they are a failure.

Show them paintings of great artists or even some not-so-famous artists or pictures in books and make them realise that artists have freed their imagination to draw objects of whatever shape, such as round eyes, pointed ears, square lips and painted them in strange colours like pink trees, blue leaves, red sky and so on.

Make them also understand that the paintings still look great with such weird shapes and colours. This will make the child feel relaxed that he can use his imagination to create paintings that don’t need to be perfect but still may look great.

2. Teach Making Use of Objects Available to Achieve Good Shapes

Children also get frustrated when they can’t draw perfect lines, circles, butterflies’ wings and stars. Teach them to use objects available at hand to draw various shapes.

There are innumerable such objects including the child’s palms and feet, fruit and vegetable cut into halves, coins (for perfect circles), leaves, old toothbrushes, and so on.

Once you give the idea of using these objects to your child, she will be able to use her own imagination to find objects and use them for paintings.

Thus when she is finding it difficult to draw a tree, she can paint her palm, imprint it on the paper, use another small object like her thumb to dip into colours and imprint leaves on sides of branches i.e. fingers and create an “easy” tree.

Tell her that not only the flat side of the palm but even a fist can be used to imprint interesting shapes with which she can create pictures of birds, tortoises, rats, snakes and so on.

Similarly she can use the sides of cardboards to create lines of a house, its doors and windows, fence and so on. If she feels frustrated while drawing lines, she’d love this idea and feel relaxed and confident.

Also make use of art materials available at https://www.tinytinyshopshop.com.au/ or at any other reputable toy store online to let your child create her tiny but great works of art.

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3. Make Your Child Understand the Beauty of Asymmetry

Just like perfection, symmetry is also a cause of stress for children when they can’t achieve it. Again show them pictures in which asymmetry has been used to create great beauty.

For example, a cluster of wildflowers standing only in a corner of the drawing paper looks beautiful and delivers a pleasant meaning to the viewer.

With the colourful art kits for kids from Tiny Tiny Shop Shop, you can encourage your child to draw and paint and remove their frustration. Happy kids’ art!

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