Drawing is a great communication device for us human beings. Sometimes a pencil can do a much more meaningful task where words can’t. Drawing succeeds where language fails. According to research, students better remember information when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally. It is proven that drawing enhances brain development and helps children understand other subjects much more clearly—from math to science, to language arts and geography.
You would have observed that children often start expressing themselves instinctively through their drawings much before they start writing. As the artist in them emerges they make attempts to render what they see on paper. Children learn to draw the same way they learn to speak or write. Just as they learn a language by using words in different contexts; Drawing is best learnt when taught in a context. Drawings done to depict different scenarios and from different angles help a child develop a deep understanding about where to draw, what to draw and how to draw.
Learning to draw is far more about seeingand observingthan about making perfect lines on paper. Avoid offering your child coloring books to enhance their drawing skills. Teach them to make their own lines instead.You can expand your child’s vocabulary of visual symbols just as you do to teach them a new language. When your child comes up with a drawing ask them details about what they have depicted. Offer them possibilities and cues to think more. Discuss what more details could have been added.
Our ‘Think to Draw, Draw to Think Program’and ‘Think Smart Draw Smart Program’are aimed to make every drawing pencil soar into visualization, observation and imagination. Every activity page will set a stage for the child to think and draw. All the drawing prompts will help children to See Differently and Think Differently. As a child creates his own drawings he would learn to play with different angles, examine things minutely and look at things as if he was looking at them for the first time.
For example look at the picture below:
The drawing prompt in the picture “Where is the birthday boy/girl and other children?” poses various possibilities for a child to think and decide.
The experience of drawing with so many questions in mind is just like that of a scientist who experiments to solve….to find; and in finding and seeking lies the learning of a lifetime.
So, grab your drawing pencils and let them create on every page of the book.