I think one of the best ways to encourage children to be creative is for parents to be creative alongside them! Every once in a while, Mike sits down with Emma and Johnny for a “drawing lesson”, which consists of brainstorming things they want to draw – and drawing them! It’s not about technique, or producing a particular image – it’s bonding over creative time spent together.
Here are Mike’s drawings from a recent session:
Emma’s take on the same set of objects:
You can tell that they stem from the same ideas, and that the kids are influenced by what and how Mike draws. However, each picture has its own unique flavor – both in style and in content. I look forward to seeing what Lily adds to the mix, as she draws more and more!
Do you enjoy bonding over creative projects with your kids?