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Learning realistic drawing for children

Children usually begin to question their drawing abilities around the age of 9 to 10. They judge their finished drawings against those of other children and think they aren't "as excellent as theirs." At this age, peer acceptance and recognition become increasingly crucial, and if a child feels unworthy, they may quit drawing and art completely. They fail to see that they merely lack the abilities to advance from cartoon-style drawing to realistic drawing.

What is realistic drawing?

Realistic drawing is a type of drawing that artists using the elements of art such as line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form to capture what we see with our eyes and representing the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface.

Learning realistic drawing is a valuable skill for children, as it helps develop their observation, fine motor skills, and creativity. Here are some tips to encourage and support children in learning realistic drawing:

  1. Start with Basic Shapes: Teach children to break down complex objects into simple shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. This helps them understand proportions and structure.

  2. Observation Skills: Encourage children to observe their surroundings carefully. Take them to parks, museums, or simply sit outside and draw what they see.

  3. Practice Regularly: Consistent practice is key. Set aside dedicated time each day or week for drawing activities.

  4. Use References: Provide children with reference images to draw from. This could be photos, still life setups, or even their favorite toys.

  5. Teach Shading and Light: Explain the concept of light and shadow. Show them how to add depth to their drawings using shading techniques.

  6. Focus on Details: Encourage attention to detail. Teach them to notice and replicate small details that make their drawings more realistic.

  7. Positive Feedback: Give constructive and positive feedback. Celebrate their progress and effort to keep them motivated.

  8. Art Supplies: Provide a variety of art supplies such as pencils, erasers, sketchbooks, and colored pencils to explore different techniques.

  9. Drawing Classes: Enroll them in drawing classes or workshops where they can learn from experienced artists and interact with peers who share similar interests.

  10. Patience and Perseverance: Teach them that drawing realistically takes time and practice. Encourage them to be patient and persistent.

Supporting children in learning realistic drawing can be a rewarding experience, fostering their artistic growth and enhancing their overall development.


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