can learn to draw and paint?
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We have all heard people say, from time to time, "I
can't draw a straight line" or "I could never learn
to draw." How do you know if you or your child is "talented"?
Is it ever too early or late to learn?
Interest determines talent. As in all pursuits, the
more we love something, the more we practice. When we
get excited about something that we know in our hearts
is worthwhile, we delve into it frequently, with vigor
and attentiveness. The more you love to cook, for example,
the more meals you will volunteer to prepare, and the
more skilled you will become at cooking in the long
run. The fact is, any person, at any age, can become
very skilled at drawing and painting, just by practicing
our culture, a person "talented" in art is thought to
have a genetic "gift." Genetic aptitude in children,
however, has relatively little to do with whether a
person will be able to learn to draw, and be able to
love it. Granted, there may be some genetic qualities
that make a toddler more likely to pick up a crayon
and start drawing: Naturally strong eyesight may make
a child more interested in visual shapes and colors,
and this may make him want to look longer at the world
he draws. A relatively calm disposition may make it
easier for the child to sit for long periods at a time
in order to get that initial extra practice to advance
his ability. The fact that a young child gets this kind
of early head start may make him look like a natural
talent, although he really did do the fundamental work
to achieve this success.
often report that, "talent runs in the family." From
time to time during art class, teachers encounter a
young child who appears especially "talented" at drawing.
In almost every instance, it is possible to determine
that a family member has a high regard for art, and
encouraged the child, often unconsciously, even as he
or she emerged from infancy, by providing trips to museums,
access to art supplies, and verbal encouragement.
people with or without apparent "talent" or an encouraging
environment, guidance from instructors in a formal art
class can make all the difference. When a student encounters
a problem, guidance from experts helps weather the storm,
showing him or her how to solve it. A student who would
normally "give up" on a drawing on his or her own will
have someone there to help get past the tough part.
Instruction not only teaches students the ABCs of drawing,
it coaches them in how to have patience with themselves
in order to accomplish what they only imagined was possible.
Skills necessary to draw and paint realistically are
no more mysterious than those needed to play piano or
pursue anything else; usually, the right guidance is
Is it possible for you or your child to become truly
great at art? It is just as achievable as becoming a
truly great writer, speaker, chef, surgeon... you name
it. With practice, encouragement, and the right guidance,
everything is possible!
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