Quick Drawing Exercise: Helping Children to Draw Larger!

By Paula Briggs

Some children naturally make larger, bolder marks of course, and some children prefer to work more tentatively, and I really believe that it’s worth valuing a child’s natural way of working, as a character trait, BUT, it’s equally important sometimes to get a child to work larger so that they can fully explore a wider range of mark making/materials/techniques.

This really quick drawing exercise only took five minutes and helped the 6 to 8 year olds I teach to expand their drawings to fill the page, and it impacted really positively on the artist’s books we went on to make.

Quick drawing exercise: careful mark making and observation (6 year old)
Careful mark making and observation (6 year old)


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