In today’s digital age – where children are increasingly glued to screens, it is all the more vital to teach them art. Teaching drawing to children helps them develop their own imagination, and helps them express and communicate freely. The cornerstone of good parenting is to ensure that children have a safe space to work on their imaginative skills and to express what they feel.
The benefits of teaching drawing to children, or teaching any form of art to kids are many. Children become better thinkers, better communicators, they develop fine motor skills, they also pick up and learn faster and they become better observers of their world.
Learning art makes a child more proficient in all disciplines. Here are some of the reasons why teaching drawing to children makes them thrive.
#1 It boosts their creative confidence
Creative confidence enables children to think out of the box, to string two unrelated ideas together in a new way. This, of course, helps them become better thinkers. According to the International Child Art Foundation, “Research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property – key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.”
#2 It builds fine-motor skills
Gripping a crayon, drawing dots and lines, mixing colors – all of these tasks require dexterity and coordination, yet they are fun! As kids learn to draw and paint, they fine-tune their motor skills.
#3 It helps them write better
Toddlers start by scribbling back and forth, randomly. The more they scribble, the more they are able to control the crayon and its movements across the paper. As children learn to control their scribbling, they learn to make shapes and therefore, it is easier for them to learn to write the alphabet.
#4 It helps develop problem-solving abilities
Art and drawing require making choices, coming to conclusion, second-guessing decisions and evaluating results. As they learn how to draw, children become more comfortable with uncertainty and become flexible thinkers – a key for creative confidence. And the more experience they have with a variety of mediums and techniques, the more likely they are to try new combinations and ideas.
#5 It helps them understand themselves and their world
Children are constantly absorbing and processing new information, and art helps them process this information in a reflective, safe way. Art allows them to deal with and express their emotions and feelings. It is an outlet for emotions.
As we teach drawing to children, we teach them to master themselves, their bodies, and a variety of tools and techniques. We give them many ways to express themselves. It is important to promote an environment for the child, where she can express herself freely without inhibition, and communicate effectively.