Creating with Kids

I have a 7 year old son who loves art. He sometimes sits quietly at the table with me, pulls out his composition book and goes about drawing, stamping, and coloring. He gets a real kick out of the fact that he can use any of my art supplies. No worries — I keep the good stuff tucked away LOL.

I want to get him more involved by showing him some different tools and techniques. But I don’t know how to go about starting. I am always afraid that I will stunt his own creativity but “forcing” him to do stuff with me. I feel like if he’s decided to do some art, then he should be allowed to pull out and do whatever he’s being called to create. I never want to ever step on his creative process…

So what’s a girl to do? I want to keep his interest in art peaked, but at the same time I don’t want to crush his budding artistic style and voice. I want him to make art what HE wants it to be for him. How do I accomplish that?

How do I continue to increase his knowledge of tools, supplies, and techniques without inadvertently guiding him away from his own passion? I don’t want him to mimic me or end up with my same passions (acrylics, pastels) if his passions are watercolor and charcoal. If one of my loves is acrylics, then I’m always learning and doing with acrylics which is what would be passed on to him. I want him loving the things in art that he loves, not the things that mommie loves…

Anyone have suggestions for teaching without hindering? I would love to hear your suggestions! Please leave them in the Comments section below.

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