It just makes my day to see children that love to make art. The smiles on their faces as they come into my art room don’t go un-noticed. It gives me a heart warmed feeling to know that no matter how great or limited their artistic talent might be, they are enjoying creating and using their imaginations.
When we finished a project early I used to always try to have another project for them to start on right away. This worked well for some children but too often there were issues with too many projects going on at once. Now, I try to give the children what we call “free drawing” time. I always make sure I have plenty of drawing paper and pencils on hand. I also have lots of “how to” drawing books for the children to use. I tell the kids that drawing is kind of like reading, you can never practice too much.
What I have noticed since I have added our “free drawing” time, is that many of the kids that often were messing around and not getting their work done were now working harder than ever to have their free drawing time. They used to depend on me for ideas on what I thought they should draw. Now, they are letting their imaginations and creativity kick in, without needing my assistance and I couldn’t be happier.