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7 Steps to Teaching Your Children:


The best way to teach your children art is to try it yourself! Give yourself a little time and freedom to play with what interests you. The most skilled artists in the world started by smudging, stroking and marking in ways that intrigued them! Give your children the gift of your own example. This teaching method is also known as discipleship, and it is absolutely the best model of education known to man.

Step 1: Recognize that creativity is a trait that you and your children possess because you are made in the image of God. The only real obstacle between you and artistic genius is a little exercise! 

Step 2: Remember that the best teachers are really just good learners, who include others in what they are learning. If your child isn't interested in drawing, try drawing something yourself and practice narrating aloud to him what you are thinking as you go. Are you having fun? If you can learn to have fun making art, I guarantee you your children will too. 

Step 3: Simplify. Overload is the enemy of creativity. If your current method is overwhelming you, cut yourself some slack. 

Step 4: Get inspired! Collect books with compelling illustrations. Go to an exhibit. Listen to music. Buy a set of pastels just because they look like fun. Surround your children with things that inspire them to make and enjoy good art. 

Step 5: Look harder. The first step to creating something beautiful is learning to see deeply. Help your children notice the beauty that is all around them by pointing it out and describing it. Take the time to notice the beauty that attracts them too. Every time you sit down to draw, try to spend more time looking than drawing. 

Step 6: Make rules. There can be no real creativity without constraint. Do not be fooled into thinking that by giving your child restrictions you are squelching him. Make things more interesting by creating a problem to solve! Draw the pine cone with only lines today and only dots tomorrow. Children grow when we help them focus by removing the distractions. A child who has learned to color in the lines today will be more responsible with his creative liberties tomorrow. Just don't forget to notice when he wants to build a toothpick model of the pine cone and encourage that too. 

Step 7: Keep it positive! Praise your child's efforts whatever they may be. Help them find the beauty in their work and use your praise as a subtle way to encourage progress in the right direction.

For we are His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  - Ephesians 2:10