Our holiday camps are a perfect opportunity for children to develop an interest in art and practice some art skills.
During our drawing camps the children practice a series of drawing skills.
Before we start describing the drawing skills we practice with children, it is important to note that children are NOT adults and they do not draw like adults – they have not developed adequate fine motor and cognitive skills to be be able to draw like adults and we do not ask them to practice adult level drawing (if we did it would frustrate children and make them feel inadequate). Thus, the art work that your children will be bringing home will not look like Albrecht Durer’s drawings! A lot of the art works will look like childish scribble, but there will be lots of meaning to it – it will be a meaningful and thoughtful scribble! Read further if you would like to understand your child’s drawings.
Some of the skills that we practice with children include:
- the awareness of the elements of art (for example, different types of lines, shapes, textures). We ask children to think of all different types of lines they can come up with and draw a picture that includes just lines.
- the awareness of the principles of art (for example, patterns, balance, movement). We ask children to draw their self-portrait and add lots of details to their picture – patterns on the clothes, accessories, background. We also ask them to draw big and take up the whole space of the page. This technique helps children to develop their subject and stay on the task longer.
- Exploration of the possibilities of each drawing tool introduced – for example, the difference of drawing with a pencil and with a marker (when we draw with a pencil we can grade the colour which is not possible with the marker).
- observational drawing skills (when we look at the object and try to draw all the minor details) and imaginative drawing skills (when we draw from imagination, add background to our drawings that we can’t see but imagine)
- drawing with the technique of mark making – rubbing an oil pastel on paper in different ways (dragging, twisting, rolling etc.) and adding drawings on top of the rubbings with a lead pencil learning to see pictures in marks that we make (developing our creativity and imagination)
- drawing using large body movements – kinetic drawing (trying out totally new things). Watch our kinetic drawing video here.
All in all, the main point of practicing art with children is to stretch their imagination and experiment with art materials in a relaxed and playful way!