Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dinosaur Drawings

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  Pablo Picasso

We provide drawing materials for the children everyday.  Markers, crayons, pencils, paper and a child's imagination are stepping stones for many areas of development.  Currently in our art center, we have dinosaur drawing cards.  There are cards for stegosaurus, T-Rex and brontosaurus. There are multiple cards for each dinosaur.  These cards show the children in simple step by step illustrations how to draw their favorite dinosaur.
I copied these from the book How to Draw Animals by Robert Pierce. I glued them on construction paper and then laminated each card for durability
Why is drawing so important in early childhood education? (Or you can ask why is drawing not deemed important in many programs but that's another subject.) Ever watch a young child draw?  When children draw they are fully engaged---mind, body and soul.  Children are fully vested in their work.  It's personal.  They begin to understand ownership.  This is their work. The time, the choices, the placement of lines all develop a positive attitude of self expression and help young children gain self confidence. Drawing encourages and develops the imagination.  There is a personal freedom when we draw. What do you see when a child shows you a drawing?  Pride!  'It's my drawing and I'm proud of it.'  Children smile when they draw and show their work to others. Why?  Because drawing is fun, of course!  Drawing and coloring are an important part of being a child.

As your child develops so will their drawing.  Most preschoolers are beyond scribbling (but remember scribbling is important but that is another subject).  Preschoolers are beginning to draw realistic pictures.  Fine motor skills are more developed than a toddlers. Children are more comfortable manipulating crayons and pencils. 
We provide the drawing cards (and sometimes guided group drawings) because the children can use shapes, letters and numbers to create something familiar.  They are familiar with the letter C  or a circle shape and they learn when we put shapes and letters together we can draw many things.  Confidence building!  As a group activity, it is also listening and following teacher directions and creating opportunities for success.  We tell the children every time they draw a dinosaur, a flower or a shark they will get a little better.  When children are confident in their artwork they will not ask you to do it for them.
Encourage your child at home by providing an appropriate space and materials for drawing---age appropriate crayons, markers, pencils, colored pencils and paper.  Your child can draw on white paper, newspaper, maps and cardboard.  Develop your child's vocabulary by asking your child to tell you about their work.  Avoid asking "What is it?"  Use words like artist, illustrator, lines, straight, curve, dark, light, thick, thin, etc.

More drawing at MCP---
Portraits & Self Portraits


Still Life

Find your inner child and find some time to draw with your child!

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