Like all 5 year olds, my daughter spends a lot of time drawing and coloring. It’s become the only thing she does before and after school. All the things she got for Christmas have been put to the side. So it came with no surprise that she has now set her mind that she wants to work for Disney. This is all she talks about and she has gone on to tell everyone she comes across: grandparents, aunts, friends, grocery store clerks, you get it.
Because I like to encourage anything she does I wanted to get more involved and see how we can get her skills better. Lucky I run a business that produces great illustrations, so I turned to my Art Director, Simon, for tips. Another lucky thing is that Simon has a four year old so he could relate. Here is what we came up with. They are very easy things that you can incorporate with your own kids:
Surf the web for cool illustrators and artists
Ask them what styles they like the most, get them to compare drawings, and maybe even create a Pinterest board especially for their favorites. Behance and Dribbble are great places to start. We also showcase many of them on our Tumblr page.
Find a project to work together online
From collaborative art to collages to handprints, Sarah Lipoff has great ideas to get you started on her Pinterest board. I like the “Warhol for Kids” pin.
Buy them one of those Teach Kids to Draw books
These are good because they teach your kids how to start from basic shapes and then advance. Here is a list of some of the best ones on Amazon.
Takes trips to the art store
This will be a real special event to your kid. Talk about it during the week, give them some money and when you get there take your time strolling the aisles to find the exact sketch book, pencil crayons, and other tools they want. Help them evaluate their choices.
Finish off scribbles
This is my favorite. We make scribbles and ask her to finish the drawing based on what she sees in the scribble. We also come up with fun topics like, a cow in a party, we scribble and then we try to finish the scribble to look like a cow in a party.
Now get going, find some friends to do the same thing, organize illustration play dates and turn out the next group of Pixar artists.
What do you do to encourage your kids drawing activities?