The Benefits of Children and Drawing

Children\'s Drawing

Learning how to draw is one of the earliest activities that children are generally given in an art class.  Drawing is one of the most basic forms of art as most works of art will either include the representation of an image on the paper or canvas, or will work from sketches of the artwork.  Teaching children to draw, however, will provide them with a number of benefits which aren’t solely related to the world of art.  When being encouraged to draw, children will learn firstly how to make choices.  They will be presented with a landscape that will encourage them to view everything before them, weighing the positive and negative aspects of what they see, before they begin to draw.

Additionally, when they are encouraged to begin drawing what they see without ever taking their eyes off of the subject, they not only begin to learn hand-eye coordination, but to study their subjects carefully.   These children will learn to begin how to make comparisons between different aspects like shapes, proportions, tones, textures, and sizes.  This begins to shape their constructive view, allowing them to make assessments.

Finally, the children will learn that, as with anything in this life, drawing ability will improve with practice.  If they keep a portfolio of their work, after a few months they will be able to look back and see how much their work has improved since the earlier attempts.  This is a vital skill to instill in children, that with hard work, success will come.  This is why, beginning at an early stage, encouraging children to explore their drawing ability can set them up for great success.

Photo: Chunker

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