My 9 year old (4th grade) is very art challenged, but otherwise does well in school. She's never been interested in coloring. I've purchased some coloring books throughout her lifetime, but has never colored in them. (My 3 year old is not showing an interest either). The problem with my daughter is, when she does color a picture she drew, it's so sloppy. Nothing is ever colored in all the way, nor is the page completely done.
Are there other children out there who don't care for coloring? I guess she's more interested in the content of the "book" she's making rather than the artsy cover or details inside. But, this can be a problem especially in school- she often gets graded on her art skills in school (at least they still have art). Her work looks like a 1st grader. I've never seen anything so awful, and I've worked with lots of children before.
Answer by momofsaee at 10:23 AM on May. 26, 2009
Answer by faithful78 at 10:29 AM on May. 26, 2009
Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:29 AM on May. 26, 2009
Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:15 PM on May. 26, 2009
Do they hate everything artistic or just coloring in coloring books with crayons? I know a lot of kids get frustrated with staying in the lines or filling in all of those little details. Coloring books are really limited. Unless you want to make the sky green or someones hair purple there isn't much "creativity" involved. Try clay, or paints. Go to art museums and show this that art doesn't have to "look like" anything. Point out all the good things about what they do make and don't mention anything negative. "what pretty colors, I love the swirling lines, those are some really cool shapes." It doesn't really matter if they grow up to be artists or not, their art work may never get up to the level of other kids, but who's to say they won't be talented athletes, writers, or doctors?
Answer by MomOfJandM at 10:16 PM on May. 26, 2009
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