I’ve always been very pleased that each of my children have shown artistic abilities. My oldest daughter, Amber, has a beautiful voice and is a fabulous writer in her own right. My two young daughters are very creative artists who have a knack for creating the funniest and most interesting drawings. But it’s my son Andre, who is almost 8 and has been drawing for a couple of years, who continues to amaze me with his artistic talent. And, to my surprise, he’s very good at developing story ideas off the cuff – some that go along with his drawings and others that just come to him.
I’ve watched as his self-taught skills have improved, almost daily. He spent months drawing dragons until he perfected the one he liked and it met his approval. Then he started drawing a cartoon character (I think that’s what he calls it), which looks like a super hero and eventually perfected him. In between these two he has drawn various animals and he’s such a perfectionist that he’ll draw the same image over and over again freehanded.
Right now he’s drawing birds. He has an old book of Amber’s that is about all the states and he’s going through each one and copying the birds. He doesn’t trace – he just looks back and forth to create what he sees on the page. I’m extremely impressed with his talent and creativity, and absolutely, thoroughly proud of his ability.
(Sorry the photo at left is blurry, but I think you can get an idea of how well it’s done … especially for a 7 year old.)
There are a lot of times when I haven’t seen Andre and I’ll ask one of the girls what he’s doing and they’ll find him in his room drawing. (How cute!) I continue to encourage him and I don’t stop him when he decides to draw instead of doing something else. In fact, when I see something on the subject that I think will interest him I am sure to show it to him. He’s bought a book that taught about the stages of drawing different items and I read him an article about a man who is an artist and uses his talent to write comic strips and books.
As parents it can be difficult to find the time to encourage and nurture our children’s talents and interests, but it’s important that we do. Regardless of whether my son pursues art throughout his life or if this is going to be just a hobby, I want it to be a positive experience that serves some purpose of growth and realization.
(When little Miss Anna saw me taking pictures of Andre’s current creations, she insisted I get a picture of her picture as well. I was happy to oblige. Right before she drew this abstract piece she was drawing pictures of me that we named Mrs. Potato Head.)
What habits and hobbies do your children have where they are showing natural abilities and/or true talent?