Drawing your children’s attention….

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Pen and wash drawing

Are you cursing the leaves on the garden and pavements or enjoying them? Maybe you’re collecting them and having leaf fights with the kids. Or perhaps leaf printing or making collage.

I’m a sucker for the bright red ones, keeping and pressing them. I get so many I don’t know what to do with them.

Once, I actually stopped messing about with them and really looked – hence the drawing.

There’s nothing like doing a drawing to make you stop and observe the world. Which is one of the reasons for The Big Draw – a campaign to encourage children to get busy with their pencils, or any kind of media they like really, and draw.

The organisers behind The Big Draw say that “drawing helps us to understand the world…” an essential part of any education.

Education is about observing, learning about and understanding the world around us and how we are to relate to it. Drawing is one way of making that observation. You don’t have to make your drawing look like the real thing – just interpret it your way. But it makes you stop and look and think.

It is also a part of the whole creative process and another aspect of education which gets neglected in favour of the more measurable ones – like maths for example. And the snobbish hierarchy of subjects puts creative ones right down at the bottom of the pile, as if they weren’t important.

Big mistake!

Creativity is imperative for our growth, intelligence and education. Read this post where I’ve blogged about it before and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m not the only one who thinks so; an article in The Huffington Post suggests that more employers are looking for creative skills in their employees, skills which enable them to think in diverse ways, find creative solutions and come up with new innovative ideas. Innovative ideas are the foundation of our progress – in all its forms.

And all forms of creativity need nurturing during the educational process, whether that’s through drawing or making or just inventing things to do with collected leaves! So I hope you’re getting some in with the children every day.

And I’d love to know what creative pursuit you’ve been involved with today, if you felt like leaving a comment!


6 thoughts on “Drawing your children’s attention….

  1. I completely agree, and have written a couple of posts on creativity myself.
    I’ve been doing leaf collages, painting leaves, papier mache covering balloons with autumn leaf colours to make lanterns, pressing leaves which we collected and then stuck onto washed up jam jars with pva, glitter and string to make tea-light holders with my 2.75 year old daughter. And joined by my 1.5yo son we have spent some lovely time kicking leaves at our local National Trust woodland. Next stop a pressed leaf mobile and leaf shaped cookies – it’s been a fun week or so. I’m looking forward to continuing this as they grow and we officially HE them.
    Lovely leaf picture btw.

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