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Simple Strategies for Classroom drawing

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Children use drawing as a means to express their feelings and thoughts. They start scribbling and discover visual language with horizontal and vertical lines, dots and dashes. Once they start going to school, they come up with more realistic expressions as they observe more.
 
Do you think art is a separate activity in the classroom? Learning through art is an active way of comprehending and sharing ideas and it has a subtle connection across the curriculum. For example, in a language classroom, they can draw a picture and while talking about it create a conversation about the situation it depicts, so as to express their thoughts and share ideas with others.
 
How to encourage children in artistic expression? Art in the classroom is more about the children’s observation and experimentation rather than the output they create. If we find faults in what they create or make comparisons, they would stop experimenting and develop the fear of making mistakes. We should never expect uniform ideas. As a teacher, create opportunities for children to observe their surroundings; observation helps in enhancing their imagination. Drawing need not be restricted to the medium of paper alone; they can also experiment with other materials like leaves and junk.
 
But if a child is struggling to draw, you can introduce some of the techniques shown in the figure 1 in the later stages. These techniques should not limit or hamper the child’s spontaneity. The aim should be to add more value to their natural urge for expression.
 
The June edition of Thisaimani catalogue has included different materials regarding drawing techniques, useful for children as well as teachers. For the teacher it would be helpful to create various pedagogic tools in the classroom for various activities such as storytelling, picture description, identifying the numbers, differentiating the shape etc. Play the video (Pebbles live- YouTube channel) pause wherever needed, ask questions, interact and let the child draw it in her/his own way to make the
classroom experience a joyful one.
 
5 Videos have been embedded with this article below for immeidate reference on drawing on various topics.
 
1. 10 Easy Animal Drawings for Kids Vol. 1 - Step by Step Drawing Tutorials - How to Draw Cute Animals
2. Drawings from Basic Shapes - Learn Drawing For Kids - Learn Drawing Step By Step For Children
3. How to draw with alphabet - Fun with Alphabets - Drawing for kids
4. How to draw with numbers - Fun with Numbers - Drawing for kids
5. Learn Drawing For Children - Drawing Lessons For Kids - How to Draw Animals - Draw With Alphabets
 
 

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Term: Term 1

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English

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