While spending some time in the bell cave waiting for a fire act to start, Erel (my niece) pulled out her sketch book and started drawing the carved rosettes on the walls of the cave. She was soon to be followed by Zoe, Ori, Yonatan, Daniel, Shira, and another Erel, sharing tools, drawing what they see.
It was nice to see the kids follow each other into doing something creative. Kids love to draw, they are not afraid to make marks on a paper. a little different from most of us - the adults, who watch our kids from the side afraid to try and show our lacking skills.
So make sure your kids turn out different. Make sure they have confident with making a mark.
One way of doing that is by carrying a sketch book (a drawing pad) and a pencil everywhere you go:
Place it on the restaurant table while waiting for your waiter to serve your meal. Make some doodles while you wait.
Take it with you on nature walks, encourage your child to record what he/she sees
Take it to the beach and try and draw the waves
Take it to a museum and draw the art you like.
When you draw a space, a view, a thing, you start to see and understand all the different details that make it special and unique.
“I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.” Fredrick Franck the Zen of Seeing, 1973.
So, my reminder: when you go out, always have a sketchbook and some drawing tools with you. It is a great habit to have. kids will always be thrilled to use it.
Encourage your kids to simply draw what they see.
Make sure you draw some your self, even if you don’t think you can.