if you have a child who really enjoys art
and is getting a bit more “sophisticated” with their work….
work on techniques to improve their outcome.
You can help them improve some basic
life-long art and creating skills like:
Proper Cutting and Scissor Holding Technique
(hold scissors with thumb on top,
carry scissors in one hand with blades in your fist,
walk don’t run with scissors,
hold the paper you are cutting in one hand
and turn the paper with that hand as you cut)
Gluing without using TOO Much Glue.
Dot, Dot, Not a Lot !
is what I always told my students
instead of Puddle Puddle Plop…
that will end up with messy, drippy projects.
Primary colors Red, Blue, Yellow
and Secondary Colors Orange, Green, Purple
Add White to make it lighter (tint).
Add Black to make it darker (shade).
Rinse out your Paint Brush
When you Change Colors
If you’re using Watercolor
show your child how to rinse
their paint brush in water
and wipe off the excess water
on the edge of the water dish
(or on a towel)
before dipping into a new color.
(their art teachers will thank you!)
You can also help them be more successful by putting
a brush in each container of paint
(one brush per color)
if they’re working at an easel
to prevent a muddy mess.
They’ll still mix some but it’s MUCH better
than dipping a big drippy brush into the container
and turning all of the white pink,
or the yellow green, etc.
You can also try more “sophisticated” materials
that might not be used traditionally
with a child this age
like Oil Pastel (with supervision!)
or basic stitching/embroidery
for a child who is really drawn to art.
School Age Children.