“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
Beatrice Blue, like artists long ago, has considered the loss of exploration and freedom to make art in adulthood. She said, if only we explored as a child does, then style would come naturally.
Adolfo Serra taught that we can learn a lot by watching how children create. They don’t need references, styles, or teachers.Children are natural artists. Give them the tools to work with and off they go.
Give Them Scissors
It is amazing to me what a child can do with scissors. I have seen children build their art out of paper before coloring it. Alternatively, they cut out the finished pieces and rearrange them on a separate piece of coloring paper or make new things from their designs, like bookmarks.
Give Them Every Sort Of Medium
Children mix mediums like they mix playdough. Some crayon here, marker there, then watercolor over everything. Bring out all the art supplies.
Give Them Texture
Children's art can look like a collage of materials: Crazy eyes, stickers, colored paper, macaroni, and glue.
Give Them Different Surfaces To Draw On
Children draw on walls, sidewalks, cardboard, their arms, their faces, surfaces that are notoriously difficult to work with.
Give Them Space
Perhaps the most difficult things for adults to imitate are the things that make children what they are. Children are simple, new to the world, and do not have negative thought patterns holding them back. Children do not have any reason to create art other than for its own sake.
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Hi, my name is Cory Shaw. I am an author and illustrator of books and book covers for children.
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