Art is such a fun way for children to express ideas from their imaginations. Sometimes your child will ask, “What should I draw?” Challenge your child to draw something they really such as ice cream sundaes or playing the guitar! Encourage your child to depict an image that is full of detail, using colors that your child loves.
Before your child sets to work, you may wish to discuss the possible form and structure for subject of the piece, so that your child can tap her mind’s eye to determine how the art can take shape. Talk about it! The ground squirrel that has captured your child’s fancy has almond shaped eyes. What might that look like? How about those tiny triangle shaped ears? Are its legs short or long? Describe its tail. Confidence grows as your child can envision how his idea will materialize.
Older children may enjoy weaving a favorite image into a unique art form, such as abstract art in which a composition integrates form, color and line. Abstract art is not realistic but often uses symbolism. Younger children might enjoy using a favorite image in a creative collage that can make use of texture, objects from nature and related photos or magazine clippings. Ask questions about your child’s finished product and keep the creative juices flowing!