The Colorful Influence of Artistic Endeavors on a Child`s Development
A happy child, drawing, coloring, spreading joy and color is something unique, pure and spectacular. One`s imagination materialized on paper spreads joy and happiness whilst indirectly encouraging the development of the child, a powerful tool in a parent’s arsenal, a colorful way to connect and bond with the little one. Thousands of things to draw can be found online ready to be drawn, colored yet the true emotion lies in artistic endeavors born from creativity, incentive, emotion, every line drawn and every character colored bring the little one closer to something meaningful.
Art and its artistic endeavors constituted the backbone of our civilization across centuries through its actions and expression and in the following rows we will showcase how this immense artistic influence can emphasize the development of the little one through doodling, sketching and drawing.
18 months is the average time on which the toddler starts to move the pencil around, to materialize the unknown on a piece of paper with color and joy. This is a simple process yet at this young age the process greatly emphasizes the development of the little one as the coordonation between figer, wrist and hand is fine tuned through exercise. Through color and drawing the child will get full controll over his hand, the simple process also encourange ssocial interaction and improves cognitive skills.
Colors, line and dots will soon be connected and the progress will always become more important than the destination, encourage every action, draw with the little ones and be there for them.
Indentifying and Using Shapes
A child of only two-three years will soon be able to indenitify primitive shapes such as squares, circles and triangles and these will soon be utilized in attempts to resemble our reality in simple compositions, what Kellog has titled as “aggregates”, drawing formations constructed out of primitive shapes.
The use of aggregates is one of the first pure incetives of resembling our reality, the first connection that our little one attempts to make between drawing and reality and one of the most common representations of such an intent is the drawing of the entire family, lined up, constructed with simple lines, circles and triangles, a soon to be family heirloom, an intitiative to be encouraged and supported.
The real world starts to raise the interest of a child around the age of three and four and at this point the little one filters common, iconic elements to color and draw: people, homes, trees and birds will soon sit by a smiling sun and angry clouds and thanks to this association the childhood takes a grasp on conceptualization, simplificationn, an important skill for the natural growth of the child.
Materializing the reality
At the age of 8 nature brings forward the concrete operational thought process, an impressive incentive that attempts to depict the reality in a realistic manner, at this point one`s imagination is haulted in favor of realism. This is a highly complex artistic endeavor as perspective, porportions, materials and textures are brought into the picture and these raise additional challenges like detailing, lineweight, textures and shading.
Artistic endeavors are marathons in which the individual wins with every single step and in this journey support and encouragement is key, every action ought to be encouraged. Creativity, confidence and autonomy are skills that the individual earns as art become a more relevant part of his life, a corner in which he can find refuge, peace and calm.
We can all be artists yet the little ones are different, pure and limitess, their creativity and imagination should be nurtured and the following tips ought to help:
- No discouragement, no critic. The child has to redefine himself, his realm on a piece of a paper and through graphic expression and encouragement he`s surely on the right path yet every disapproval or critic damages and discourages the process. Discuss everything with your children; all artists love to talk about their work.
- Support every step. Be there for the little one, encourage every act, draw with him and be ready to open new opportunities with multiple forms of expression like painting or coloring templates.
- Be prepared. Children have no schedule and you ought to be prepared for random coloring times whether it’s while riding the train or in park, waiting for the slide to free up. A set of coloring pencils and paper should be by your side at all times.
How do you see coloring and drawing? What is your take on these forms of expression and their influence on a young mind? We would love to hear your opinion on the subject in the comment section.
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