kids love drawing, from their first abstractions on the walls of their parents to their first stick men, their creativity is always in action.
Create an outstanding world, develop their creativity and their abilities.
It's an invitation to let their imagination run and to bring forth various characters and creatures that live in their dreams, to tell stories they've imagined.
They can bring those characters and stories to life and make their cartoons and animations.
From the age of 18 months, children love to scribble.
Bit by bit, their drawings evolve to be more complex and thought-out.
However, drawing is more than just an amusing activity – it plays a big role in a child’s development.
As the years pass, children learn to properly use a pencil and drawing becomes easier.
Coloring books are a good place to start, but there really is nothing better than a simple sheet of Paper and a selection of wax crayons to get them thinking creatively.
So, what are the benefits of drawing for kids?
Offering children age-appropriate drawing materials and step-by-step drawing tutorials for creating their own art (such as graphite and colored pencils, charcoal, crayons, oil pastels, watercolor paint, pen and ink) will encourage them to learn to perfect their technique and develop as an artist.
Drawing and painting promote:
Drawing is great for a child’s development as well as for their parents, who may use drawing as a way to better get to know their child through trying to understand why they express their art in such a way and how confident their child is.
It’s important that children feel able to experiment with different methods of creating art – after all, art is a form of play for kids, so they will be far more likely to want to get involved if you give them colourful drawing tools to work with.
There are even some digital drawing resources out there for the little ones.
Bear in mind that drawing should always be a fun activity, and if children don’t want to participate, their decision should be respected.
Children shouldn’t have to draw things they don’t want to just because an adult tells them to do so.
In general, very few children get bored of drawing, however, should this happen, there is no reason to worry.
Parents should also let their children draw whenever they want to.
Here are a few other rules you should abide by when it comes to encouraging your child to draw:
Now the digital offer a range of possibilities for kids to explore textures and creativity.
For the little ones, a computer is still complex but the iPad touch way is quite similar than paper…and nothing to clean 😄.
You can find several apps for coloring and drawing in the apps store, some are good, some not.
I teach art for kids and teenagers since years and with my experience, I suggest to use Procreate because it’s a really clean and simple environment.
The learning curve is really fast for kids, even this app is a pro level one.
The cost is less than 10 usd one time purchase...
But let’s go back to textures, because finally the little ones loves to play with this randomly, like with slime.
let their hand mixing colors and textures is really enjoyable for them…With my young students, I discovered that they love to use my brushes to play around textures and colors, creating amazing abstract animation.
Normally my brush pack is for Pros illustrators and designers, but I also let my kid students explore it because the textures and renders are really similar than real medium.
They can have the feeling to use real charcoal or painting, pencils and watercolors…and without have to clean anything.
Sketching becomes like paper feeling.
Many parents tell me they wants their kids draw or paint on paper, because they consider iPad as a toy.
It can be, but it also can be a wonderful creative tool…With an iPad the kids will be creative but they will also learn about managing a digital process and improve their organisation.
With this brushes, the young creators won’t have any limits in their artworks and explore hundreds of textures.