Drawing is very important for children as it teaches them the fundamentals of art. How drawings are composed using tone, perspective, vanishing points etc. Many children do not know that artists have learned to draw by doing observation-drawing practice. They often assume that you can draw or you can’t. Of course this is true, but it is also true that you can lear how to draw at any age. Drawing ability comes from practice, practice and more practice, which leads to focus, familiarity and confidence. Visual information is useless unless you notice it.

How to draw animals is a very important aspect of the art curriculum, as it teaches the children how to see the difference in the make up of the physical appearance of the animal, whether the animal has short or long legs, long or short neck, where the eyes, nose and ears are positioned. How to draw them in the varying states of running, standing, sitting, how to position them into a landscape.

Talking and drawing don’t mix, which is a hard for young students to understand, as talking comes very naturally to them, that is why I am always asking them to concentrate, concentrate, concentrate.

The main problems associated with drawing is when you talk you engage your logical, language dominated left side of the brain. This side of your brain is keen on knowing an objects name, labelling it, and organising it.

Often when learning to draw, you need to temporarily hold off judgment and try not to second guess what you think the object should look like, rather than what the object actually looks like.

When you are trying to learn to draw something realistically, you have to engage your right hand side of the brain, which is keener on images and spatial perception.  It’s very hard to do both at the same time.

The idea is to create a  zone of absorption, a state where time travels quickly and you are in what psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls ‘flow’.

How Does It Feel to Be in Flow?

  1. Completely involved in what we are doing – focused, concentrated.
  2. A sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality.
  3. Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done, and how well we are doing.
  4. Knowing that the activity is doable – that skills are adequate to the task.
  5. A sense of serenity – no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.
  6. Timelessness – thoroughly focused on the present.
  7. Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces flow becomes its own reward.

Flow is the mental state when you are fully immersed in an activity, a feeling of full involvement and energy.  Now this is fairly hard to achieve, but I know that when I reach this stage the creativity just flows through my fingers.

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