Immy (3 1/2 years): I want to draw this flower in my field journal.
Me: Okay then.
Immy: But I can’t. Will you draw it for me?
Me: I think you can. Let’s look at the shapes of the flower. I can see circles in this flower and you know how to draw circles. What shape can you see in the centre of this flower?
Immy: A circle.
Me: You could try drawing a circle for the centre. (Immy draws the spiral looking circle as the centre.) Now look at the petals, they look a bit round around the outside, like circles too. Like lots of circles all around the outside. (Immy draws circle shaped petals).
Me: Now what sort of shape do you think you need for this stem? ~ Sorry, you can see the stem in this photo but our sample flower has a short, straight brown stem. (Immy adds a straight line for the stem on her drawing).
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Helping a child to consider an object as a series of simple, familiar shapes is one way of helping them overcome the idea that they ‘can’t do it’ when drawing. Taking the time to talk them through this process helps them to develop confidence in their creativity, they CAN do it!
Of course, now we see flower motifs appearing everywhere…
Including originals signed by the artist!
And those that form part of colourful landscapes.
I could look at children’s drawings all day, I love how they change, evolving over time! What drawing challenges have your children conquered recently?
Looking for more ideas for encouraging reluctant artists or children who lack confidence in their art making? Look no further then Time to Create: Hands On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children.