The Colorful Development – Joy in Simple Things to Draw
The colored pencil leads to extraordinary places deeply rooted in the realm of creativity and imagination filled with unimagined beauty. The pencil and the piece of papers are extraordinary elements in one`s childhood and one could dare to argue that no individual missed this intent of expression even if the means to do so where not available.
Just like one`s drawn heart in the dirt, the hand of the little one simply wants to express what the mind carries with various, creative things to draw. Studies have proven repeatedly that in early stages of childhood these means of expression can boost the emotional, physical and crucial cognitive development and in the following rows we present how these can help.
Drawing and Creating Shapes
A child of only two-three years old will start using shapes : circles, triangles and squares, using them to put together certain constructs. A square and a triangle can form a home while a few lines and a primitive circle can form a person, an individual.
This attempt is highly relevant as at this age as the coordination between hand and mind is crucial for physical and cognitive development and by fine tuning this connection the child naturally develops towards greatness. Through enough practice the act of scribbling will enter the drawing process as a natural, autonomous component, something that can be customized with lines, shapes, crayons on the next level.
Association is a technique that we use everyday in so many circumstances, we tend to simplify things in order to get a grasp on reality, it works. Conceptualization works in a similar way in the life of the little one, he attempts to associate real life elements with things on paper and in the process he simplifies our reality to get a grasp on them.
One common drawing that highlights this attempt is the family photo that a child would draw around the age of three or four, a drawing that many call a family heirloom and proceed to proudly display it framed in the living room.
The smiling sun, birds and trees are also common realistic representations of our world that one often encounters in the drawings of a little one.
This imbued is entitled „concrete operational thought” and it manifests around the age of nine, it is the moment in which the child truly attempts to take reality by the handle and throw it on the canvas, for a moment, leaving the realm of imagination and creativity aside.
At this point things like perspective and proportions gain importance and the learning curve can be quite steep so confidence is one of the key elements, encouraging children and offering them positive feedback can offer extraordinary results.
Guided technical drawing instructions could also come in handy.
Encouraging the development through artistic expression
The importance of drawing, sketching and coloring in childhood is not to be questioned and to emphasize on that in the following rows we will present a few tips though which one can encourage this form of expression.
- Have materials prepared. It is important to be ready for the creative act at all times. Children are unpredictable.
- Become and influencer and a raw model. Encourage them to draw with you by their side. The progress can be rapid and the bond will be eternal.
- Help the child depict the story. Is important to make sure that their drawing are what they want them to be, make sure the focus is clear, that the canvas reaches a state of finality.
- Offer high quality drawings as an example. Make sure these are not standards you set nor are they out of their reach skill-wise. The comparison should be made fair, constructive and you ought to be by their side as they progress.
- Offer freedom of choice. Let the child pick the piece of paper, the color, the brush; everything involved will help them in the decision-making process.
- Associate the artistic expression with quality music to stimulate the mind.
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