Give Your Drawing Wings to Fly

Oftentimes, parents would like their child to learn drawing but would not know where to start. Many a time, their understanding of drawing may actually be some very common misconceptions, such as believing that being able to accurately draw something is the definition of a good drawer. The more lifelike it is, the higher the drawing skill. Another common misconception is that as long as one knows how to draw, sketching could be started at any age, even if the child is only 5 or 6 years old. In reality, the lifelike nature of drawing is only a technique known as hyperrealism. Artists proficient with these techniques are on par with someone who has just graduated from art and design university. If a person were only able to produce hyperrealistic images, then he or she is merely an artisan painter.

 

A real piece of artwork is not simply ‘pleasing to the eyes’ but should be more so ‘delightful to the heart’. Drawing is an integrated set of knowledge. A true artist not only requires solid foundation skills but must also have keen observation skills, abundant life experience, and the will to constantly explore and discover new things. Artists spend their lifetime studying the shifts and changes in colour, the different methods of expression, and how to reveal the depths of human culture through drawing. Creativity is one of the most important skills a person may have and the best time to cultivate and develop this creativity is before the age of 12. As such, children between the ages of 5-12 do not need to practice sketching or copy images. Instead, they should look for their own source of inspiration and create their own world of creativity where they can use their unique language of art to express and create artworks. It is through the endless bounds of creativity of children that such wonderful worlds are created.

 

Only with an abundance of creativity will a person have the capability to become someone outstanding and talented. Regardless of if they were an artist or designer or even a scientist, the most important requirement is to have the ability to create. This period of time is considered the beginner level of learning drawing.

 

The second phase is around the age of 12-20. The students are first taught sketching before moving onto coloured still life, then finally sketching and drawing humans and objects from everyday life as well as learning many other techniques in art. A solid foundation in basic artistic skills is equivalent to a key that opens the world of art. Even more so, these skills are essential in their future careers. When preparing the weapon for a soldier, the more superior the weapon, the higher the survival rate. Similarly, the more solid the foundation, the more flexible and adaptable the students will be in their jobs. As such, it could be said that foundation skills in drawing are the cornerstones on the path of success as an artist, a designer, an architect, or any other job related to art and design. Even if the student decides to pursue some other career, having a certain amount of artistic skill will always be an asset. Art and design is a skill that can be used in any career, thus it can be said that artistic skills are part of a universal education in modern society, especially in Western society.

 

​The third phase involves instilling an abundance of aesthetic knowledge, a higher level where the quality of art or design becomes very important. Through learning and studying different art schools, art techniques, famous artists, and design schools, students are able to recognise what is good, what is in fashion, what is worth keeping…By improving their artistic training and strengthening their aesthetic perspective, a student can be developed to become a highly qualified and talented artist. Ultimately, in the end, it is from these outstanding groups that great artists are born. Regarding those who choose to pursue another career, learning art is still important and necessary. Art is inseparable from the daily life of each and every person. Simply put, what would it be like if humans were to separate completely from art? On the other hand, if every child were to have an education in art, then their lives would be enriched with so much more.

 

 

​As such, learning art is not only a necessity but is also a joy in life. Art is like the cup of coffee on the table, letting out a fragrant scent in the air that hints at a rich aftertaste, a memory that will always linger. It is the faint sweet scent that stays fresh after the rain, a scent that refreshes the mind and flutters in and out of existence. It is the branch of cherry blossoms backlit outside the window, swaying gently in the wind, its petals sparkling and lustrous…  

Discovering and Developing A Child’s Imagination

Drawing is a natural ability of all children, it implies the development of intelligence, the shaping of character, the expression of emotions, and the establishment of an eye for beauty. Children use drawing to express their feelings about what they have observed and experienced in life. It is a huge mistake to place heavy emphasis on lifelike sketching and drawing techniques during this time. Instead, children’s drawing should focus on the development of their ability to visualise, on their imagination, creativity, and appreciation of aesthetics. Children are inherently curious about everything. Their thinking is concrete and clear and their mental world is built up with an abundance of imagination and fantasy. They have a very sincere and outright way to express their emotions. Every child thinks differently and they are also very different in the means of expressing themselves. They often randomly mix together a dash of reality, fantasy, and living and non-living things, enabling their drawings to have astonishing effects.

 

Before the age of 12, when the brain has yet to stabilise its observations and perspectives on the nature of the world, is the best opportunity to develop imagination. In reality, every child has their own imagination, they only differ in how much and personal preferences. Some like to create shapes and objects, some like to recreate the world of nature but as an exceptional art teacher, being able to develop a child’s unique traits and individualise teaching according to each child becomes very important. It is an opportunity to let them freely express themselves, to investigate the world around them and create, through drawing, their own stories. It will allow their imagination to fully develop and, at the same time, start to practice their creativity. Oftentimes, it is the most casual strokes of artwork that leave others astounded.

 

The guided awakening of a person’s imagination and creativity is part of the preparation for when they enter society, whether they enter through the use of art or any other areas of interest. Either way, their imagination and creativity become important abilities in times of need because it is with an abundance of creativity that new, unique ideas are born, allowing society to take one more step forward. Such examples include vehicle prototypes in industrial design, the shifting trends in fashion design, the unique style of different types of furniture in interior design, the creative ideas in advertising design, and fantastical images and scenes in 3D animation design. All of these fully display the importance of creativity in a person. Even in science, the construction of a spaceship must be preceded by the thought of flight into space…

 

Traditional Chinese drawing education, regardless of age, begins with copying, a boring and rigid pattern that does provide the acquisition of some form of superficial knowledge but more so smothers creativity. Conversely, Canadian education in drawing allows students to draw however they want. While this may be a good idea, it still lacks some guidance overall, thus resulting in many strange and interesting ideas but nothing to pull them together. Instead, the work may be dismissed as random scribbles.

 

The artworks of children are an expression of the images and emotions in their heads. Even though they possess the potential to express them, how they express it perfectly still requires careful attention and guidance to spark the development of their intelligence and creativity. The optimal method for the education of children’s drawing is to integrate the casual style of Western society with the rigorous style of Eastern society to plan out what suits each child the most according to their own thoughts. Going from their interests and helping them choose from the many different options, it is an opportunity to fully awaken and develop the creativity within them.

“Imagination outweighs knowledge”, a child’s treasury of imagination requires us to carefully unlock and awaken. Let us take our children on a journey where they can let their imagination fly free!

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