Learn to Draw for Kids
A couple of years ago I wrote an article about an education program that introduced modern art to children in a museum setting. After seeing the artwork, the kids then had the opportunity to make their own pieces. In the workshop, they acted like successful artists—fearless, opinionated, and not letting anyone tell them what they were “supposed” to see. It was inspiring and memorable, and really underlined the truth for me: art matters in kids’ lives.
Time is ticking for our next generation of artists. Research has found that 63 percent of artists had a meaningful experience with art in elementary school or earlier.
That means there’s a pretty small window of opportunity to get art in front of kids when it can really make a difference. The fact that the number of art-education programs in schools across the country is small and getting smaller makes this even trickier. But fortunately, the first step is as easy as grabbing pencil and paper, and saying, “Let’s draw.” Learning to draw, for kids, is like going to another world. Figure drawing, in particular, transports kids and leads them to see shapes and objects in a whole new way. Color is incredibly appealing to them too, and coloring with markers, crayons, and the like, is a way they can spend hours reimagining everything around them.
Right now during summer we have the perfect excuse to engage with the children in our lives about art. Surprise them with one of our Art Resources for Kids. Take little ones to see an exhibition at the nearest art museum. Let them loose in the studio to paint and play.
I’m guessing that some of you are way ahead of the game so leave me a comment about what you’ve been up to, art-wise, with the kids in your lives, and if you need inspiration on how to introduce art to your little ones, start here. Enjoy!