Help your kids unleash their inner Van Gogh

Your ability to draw may be better or worse than others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be taught to draw. A logical starting point for young kids is to teach them basic two-dimensional shapes and pictures. Once you teach them the process, they can practise to improve and may amaze you with their talents.

There are a couple of supplies that you’ll need to have close to hand to help your child learn two-dimensional drawing. We recommend you having plenty of both drawing and tracing paper available on hand, as well as pencils and a sharpener.

Trace shapes with carbon or tracing paper. It can teach your child coordination, and give them instant gratification to build their confidence. Praise your child on their work to keep them motivated to keep trying.

Borrow a “How to Draw” book from the library and let your child experiment with the examples in the books. Work with your child on each step to help them improve.

Enrol your child in a beginner’s drawing class if one isn’t offered at their school. Some art classes at schools aren’t focused on drawing, but rather on crafts. Take your child to an art gallery to help inspire them. Have them draw their favourite exhibits later so they can practise drawing from memory.

Set out your child’s favourite toy and have them attempt to draw it in 2-D on paper. By giving compliments on what they do well, you can encourage them to continue in the right direction. Don’t criticise, even constructively, because it may make your kid stop drawing. Your child must be satisfied with his work to want to continue.

Teaching your child how to draw can spark their interests into many different things. Keep in mind that it is not all about drawing, but about expanding their creativity.

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