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Teaching a 3 years old child to draw/paint better

Post by Viliam » May 9th, 2018, 8:13 pm

Hi everyone! It's been 7 years since I last wrote here. :shock:

Many things have changed in my life; most importantly, now I have 2 daughters. The older one is three years old, and she is quite talented at drawing. Not just my parental bias; a child psychologist confirmed that she draws at a level of a 5 years old. And most people with little kids are shocked to see her drawings.

Didn't come as a big surprise: both me and my wife were good at drawing (relative to our peers) at the pre-school age. But later we didn't do anything about it, so these days our drawing skills are mediocre. I would love to provide our daughter support to do better than us. The problem is, having no formal artistic education myself, I don't know where to start, other than giving her the pencils and paper.

I remembered how much I enjoyed reading the artistic debates on the Wesnoth forum, and that I had big respect for the game art, so this felt like the natural place to ask:

As a parent, how can I best support my daughter (currently 3 years old) to fully develop her drawing skills? What resources or techniques would you recommend for a pre-school child? Any books or videos? What to focus on? In which order to teach the individual skills? etc.

I will provide some examples of her drawing in the following comment soon.

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Post by Viliam » May 9th, 2018, 9:16 pm

Okay, so here are some recent samples of my daughter's art: https://imgur.com/a/5lhnZ1V

Magnetic drawing board is an awesome toy! You can bring it anywhere, and you don't have to worry about the child drawing on furniture. :D I installed TuxPaint on a tablet, because using a mouse is too complicated for a 3 years old. Markers: Pencils: Yes, bunnies are very popular recently.

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Re: Teaching a 3 years old child to draw/paint better

Post by IIIO_METAL » June 13th, 2018, 6:36 am

Is your daughter happy just by drawing on 'Magnetic drawing board'? Drawing on walls and furniture is an exciting game, so I think that it can not be stopped so easily.
I am not a teacher so I do not know what to do best, but the most important thing is to like the act she draws.
Before teaching the technique you will experience the pleasure of painting. Praise her painting and it is good to have a good time by painting together.
Creator of "Mountain Witch" & "Castle of evil spirit"

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