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Learn to Draw – Teach your Child to Draw

Learning to Draw is Fun and Educational for Kids (and adults!).
It allows them to have fun while developing their creative skills. If you are considering enrolling your child in art lessons, make sure that the lessons are balanced, and not too restrictive. Being taught new techniques is great, but your child should also have some free time with no creative limitations. To help with your child’s development you can help them draw at home. The lesson notes below should be used as guidelines that can inspire you, and help give you ideas of your own, to help your child learn to draw.

Drawing Lessons for Kids aged 5 – 10 years:
We have put a few exercises below for you to follow that are suitable for children aged 5 and over. The below lessons will benefit kids looking to improve their drawing skills. When your child has mastered the basics there is no telling where their skills will go.

Step 1:
It is important to get the basics right when learning to draw. Start off with some paper, a pencil and an eraser. Get your child to draw some basic shapes including circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. Keep practicing until their shapes are perfect and they are able to draw them quickly and easily. Now they can start drawing curves, spirals and curls. Ensure their dimensions are right with their spirals being the same width at the top as on the bottom.

Your child should now practice drawing spirals over and over until they can draw them with their eyes closed. Children learn shapes early on from pointing them out in books and playing with toys, this enables them to continue on and draw them. Remember repetition is the key and practice makes perfect.

Step 2:
Take a simple object like a can of beans and get your child to look out for the basic shapes that the object is made of. Point out that the body of the object is a rectangle and the top is a circle and the base is a semi circle. When you tilt the can of beans point out that the circle at the top becomes elongated like an ellipse. Now go around your house looking at cups and mugs and get your child to look for the shapes they are made from.

Now it’s time to get your child to put their object onto paper. Get them to draw lightly first, making sure they position the shape where it should be on the paper. If drawing a can of beans make sure the circle on top is in proportion to the rest of the shape. Now compare the image your child has on paper with the original object. Does it measure up? When you are happy with the position and dimensions of the shapes, get your child to use a heavier line to bring out certain parts of the drawing and use an eraser to remove the lines they don’t need.

Step 3:
Again repetition is the key. Your child will reach a point where drawing a can of beans will become second nature to them. Encourage them to keep practicing until they can draw it quickly and accurately. Now try tilting the can and get your child to draw it from different angles. Each time taking note of the different shapes that make up the object. Now you can move onto more complex still life objects like Fruit in a Bowl.

To draw fruit in a bowl, your child should start off by lightly penciling in the basic shapes of the fruit e.g. a circle for an apple. Once the basic shapes are in place, they can pencil in the actual shape of the apple within the original circle. Get your child to spend more time looking at the apple than at their paper. It is important to teach them to draw what their eyes see and not what their memory tells them. You can continue to move the object and get your child to draw it from several angels, each time taking note of the basic shapes that make up each object. In time your child’s brain will be trained to automatically see the basic shapes and it will become second nature to them.

Step 4:

Get your child to draw the objects in different light, try using a lamp as this will display more shade. Show your child how to bring the apple to life by experimenting with shading. Get them to shade in it’s lighter and darker areas with their pencil. Other examples of still life include, Flowers in a Vase. Some of the most famous artists specialize in still life, Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” being one the most well known still life paintings.

How to quickly print these notes and guidelines:
Use your mouse to highlight all of  text that you want to print out.  Then copy/paste that text into a text-only editor on your computer. For example, Notepad, a common text editor included with all versions of Microsoft Windows, and found in Start, All Programs, Accessories. Then click on “File” in the top left corner of the Notepad document, and click on “Print”.

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