Children draw to express what they see, think and feel. Drawing also helps them to manipulate skills that will assist them to write. As kids use a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve.

Foster process-focused art with advice from Leslie Bushara, Deputy Director for Education at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

  • Prepare for a Mess

Set up an art space where your kid can be free to experiment and get messy. Throw a drop cloth or a newspaper on top of your kitchen table or from the garage.

  • Avoid Giving Directions

Don’t tell your kid what to make or how to make it. Instead of saying, “Paint a rainbow,” we should encourage them to “Let’s experiment with mixing colors using different types of brushes and papers.”

  • Speak Specifically About Art

When giving feedback for the child’s artwork, try to be precise in the comment. Instead of giving a generic compliment, try saying, “I see you use a lot of blue. Why did you use that color?”

  • Explore Your Child’s Process

Often the best way to encourage conversation about your child’s art is by telling simple words. Try saying, “Tell me about what you made,” or ask, “Did you have fun making it?”

  • Don’t Draw with Your Child

When parents draw something representational while a child is sketching, it can frustrate them. Better to be near them, and let them know that you are interested and support their art-making.

  • Let It Be

When a child finishes a piece of art, don’t suggest additions or changes. It is important for them to feel that what they have created is enough, even if it’s just a dot on the page.

Source : www.parents.com