Similar to Henri Matisse, we often use this advantage in our daily lives when we cannot express ourselves fully in words. Educators use drawings to replace certain vocabularies within the classroom to enhance children’s learning through visuals. It is also a simple yet great way to promote their artistic development and express their emotions.
In one of our studios, we were asked to draw ourselves on the mirror. This was not just a fun process because as we blurted out “My cheeks are so chubby!” or “I drew my brows too thick!”, we began to recognize ourselves and our abilities in drawing. Later on, we were asked to transfer our sketch onto a big white piece of paper. This time, we were encouraged to add changes through the incorporation of imagination. This made us realize the importance of teaching children in that drawing doesn’t have to stay in one single way and they can add their own creative touch to it.
After we finished our sketches of our faces, we began drawing an abstract background. Throughout both sketching processes we used an element of art called line. Line is a continuation of a dot and it comes in many dimensions such as size, length, width and it could show directions, movement, rhythm or form (Schirrmacher & Fox, 2012).
As you can see from our examples, lines have their own personalities and dimensions. It is the educator’s role to also recognize that children also comes with unique personalities and dimensions. Therefore, if children lack confidence and believe they cannot draw, it is important for educators to positively reinforce that drawing comes in many forms and that there are no right or wrong answers. Educators could assist them in making the connections between different styles of art techniques with their own personalities.
Draw with a child- Activity
1. Ask the child to choose an image from a picture book but don’t tell you!
2. Ask the child to describe the image they see and remember to only draw what they dictate!
3. Compare your sketch with the original chosen image! Switch up the roles so the children get a chance to draw!
This activity shows children that they can express their creativity in art through the use of language. It also helps them expand and practice their new vocabularies!
♥ Wendy ♥
Schirrmacher, R., & Fox, J.E. (2012). Art and creative development for young children (7thEd.). Belmont, CA: Delmar.
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