I never thought of myself as crafty or creative growing up. In fact I used to ask my sister what to color each and every section of the page, until she got really annoyed for some reason and wouldn’t answer me. Then I stopped coloring.
It wasn’t until I became roommates with a friend with great talent that I began to play around while I watched her create at the kitchen table, or actually everywhere she went for that matter.
It wasn’t until found myself in charge of the sewing room at His mansion ministries that I fell in love with sewing and in the past year drawing. Now I consider myself a copy-cat art groupie. Enough skill to make some decent projects but not enough talent to make it up on my own..
Last spring I read drawing with children by Mona Brook and have since become a believer in teaching my girls drawing skills and art….. for more reasons than the fun of it, although that is worth it as well.
It was while reading this book that I come to realize that I can draw!!! Drawing is a matter of looking at the details and recognizing shapes and it can be learned .
Furthermore, drawing benefits children’s ability to recognize patterns, shape, spatial awareness, coordination, attention span as well as stick-to-it-ness. Children are residulant, they have a desire to create and will make many attempt to create the perfect picture.
Encouraging children to persevere with their art project and problem solve will give them the skill of developing strategies, which will carry through to reading, math, and science ( nature study;noticing the details). Drawing with children, is therefore on my recommended list for parenting/educating books. ( I view parenting and educating as synonymous)
The problem lies in the carry through.
My children love the art of glue, small pieces of paper and in short a mess. And don’t get me wrong I love a good o’l hog wild mess myself from time to time. But they are not learning any skill, they’re not happy with the results of their work, and I have no use for it but to recycle it, so the mess has no silver lining.
So I have come up with a plan.
An art station, drawing station to be specific. At this table the girls have available a few art supplies, a board in front of them which I have taped up simple drawing that I have found from clippings to give them ideas to draw. A book with a variety of different weather scenes and landscapes. As well a few projects that have been completed that turned out well….. The scissors, and glue are gone for other projects that we will work on together…
Now the nitty gritty of my post.
I have found a gold mine of doable art projects for kids. These art peices once completed will have actually taught your child different elements of art, creating potentially wonderful art that would make great children’s wall art, for your home or be added to their own portfolio. These bloggers, That artist woman , Art projects for kids and Deep Space Sparkle are real life art teachers and thier projects are tried tested and true with real kids in a class room. You can choose the age group catagory that you are looking for and look around for interesting projects that inspire you.
I’m excited because I finally have an art teacher myself now in the form of these blogs! The instructions for the projects are great, and because they really do know about art and are talented they are giving me something to teach and focus on during art time rather than the free for all that I was talking about earlier.
The girls have enjoyed looking at the projects students their own age have complete on the blog too, which give them ideas but also does not set them up for unattainable expectations. ( me too, after all they are just kids and they have only been cutting and gluing for most of their life)
What books or blogs have you found useful for teaching art with children?