7 to 9 years
As children get older, their drawings become more detailed and organized. Children at this age are enthusiastic artists, producing expressive drawings of their experiences in the world. While storytelling is still the primary motivation for drawing, they are also interested in capturing fine visual detail in their artwork.
Children will now objectively choose colors to match what they see. Eventually, they become concerned with differentiating figures and objects in their artwork. It is important to hone children’s observation skills at this stage, for the more they notice, the more expressive and complex their artwork can be.
Encouraging artistic growth
- Keep an art portfolio – Many children are prolific artists. Having a portfolio to keep their artwork reinforces the importance of art making.
- Use a set of markers or paint brushes with different sized tips – As children get older, they become increasingly technical with their drawings and paintings. Giving them a set of brushes or markers with different sized tips enables them to elaborate on specific details of their artwork with greater ease.
- Hone their observation skills – Teaching children “how to draw” does little to further their artistic development. Instead, build their confidence by enabling them to draw on their own. Have them draw from observation. To help, point out distinguishing features on the object or figure that they seek to draw. Let them draw these details in their own way. At the end, they would have conveyed their unique point of view with confidence.
Art project ideas using Urban Canvas toys