Little Suzie runs up and hands you a page. “Look Mommy! Look what I drew!” You smile enthusiastically. “Thanks Sweetie. It’s -” “It’s…” What is it? It’s so small you can’t even tell. You reach for your reading glasses. You pretend to love it but at the back of your mind you’re thinking ‘yet another drawing that’s not quite fridge-worthy… and look at all that beautiful, wasted white space... if only she knew how to DRAW BIG!’
Find out how to get your kids to draw big by watching teacher and qualified artist Lili explain the steps in a fun hot air balloon draw-along video, or read the written version below:
Here are a few tips that’ll come in handy when you’re trying to show your kids how to draw big:
Give them big drawing tools, like fat crayons, thick markers or sticks of charcoal, anything that will make large marks on the page. This will force your kid to draw bigger and leave more space between lines.
Use a large stencil that covers at least one third of your page. This could take the form of just about anything; the rim of a plastic plate could be used for a circle, the bottom of a jewellery box could be used for a square or rectangle.
Choose something that suits the drawing that you’re planning to make; a circle for a face, sun or hot air balloon; a square for a house, a birthday present or Spongebob! Do some brainstorming with your kid before deciding which shape to use. Then find a spot on your page, hold your stencil down and help your kid to trace around it.
Once your kid has finished the main part of their picture, their hot air balloon or Spongebob, they might yell, “Done!” and try to hand it over. Tell them, “No way! Look at all that empty space!” And get them to fill in the background.
Brainstorm ideas together that would suit the scene. Spongebob might have coral or fish behind him, or even his underwater pineapple abode. A hot air balloon would need clouds, birds, or maybe even a rainbow behind it.
Getting your kids to think contextually about what items fit together is a great brainstorming exercise, plus, just think of how good a busy, item-filled page would look on the fridge!
Finish off your masterpiece with a ton of colour (paint, crayons, markers) and maybe even glue on some mixed media items like cotton wool, glitter, string or stickers. There is always more to add! Go crazy!
So, next time your kid wants to whip out the art supplies and summon their inner Picasso, encourage them to:
Your enthusiasm, participation and guidance in helping your kid to DRAW BIG will no doubt encourage them to do plenty more artworks using the same methods in the future.
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