07 • 27 AUGUST 2006
Editorial: Kids and drawing
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|1. Editorial: Kids and drawing
find it fascinating that children all around the world learn to draw in
the same way. First come the crazy irregular scribbles, then the slow
scribbles and circle work followed by symbolic drawing and eventually
Despite this clear linear progression there is some debate over whether
children should be 'shown' how to draw by an adult or left to their own
devices. A lot of material that I have come across favours the latter
I must admit, I wish that I had never started showing Ella how
to draw because she swiftly stopped trying to draw her own
way, and started trying to draw like me!
Since then I've come across a number of ways
that you can encourage kids to draw without showing them how.
For starters, you
can create a beautiful space for them to sit and draw, provide good
quality materials and talk to them about the movements that
they're making. If you're interested in reading more about this,
here is an article with good ideas on how to motivate children in
different stages of creative development.
A fantastic resource for kids who love drawing are the Taro Gomi 'really giant colouring and drawing books' called 'Doodles' and 'Scribbles'.
When my sister bought Ella a copy of Doodles for her third birthday I
confess that I actually considered keeping it for myself! The book
features thick line drawings in Gomi's simple style and each page has
instructions for the child such as 'This is an aquarium – draw
something in each tank' or 'Make the sad elephant happy again'.
doubt that I am the only parent in the world who has secretly completed
some pages while the kids are sleeping!
Happy drawing, happy crafting and see you next week.
|6. This week's featured subscriber's blog
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||Forks and chopsticks
This week's featured
blog belongs to Stephanie from New Jersey in the US. Stephanie is a
stay-at-home mum, graphic design student, knitter and book lover. She's
also working on adopting a child from China.
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