My 7 year old is a fantastic artist, IMO. Both of his grandmothers were art majors so he has a good gene for it. The creative/artistic qualities totally skipped me so I'm always even more impressed when I see my baby drawing 10 times better than I ever will, LOL!!!
The problem is that he will come down really hard on himself if something doesn't turn out as he expected. I remember when he was like 5-5 1/2 and was sitting down and drawing one of his police trucks freehand while referencing the truck in front of him. He was 90% done and it was INCREDIBLE! He drew one of the windows the wrong shape (meaning he made a straight line where there should be a diagonal line or vice versa) and he just cried and cried at how he screwed it up. It was heartbreaking because this thing was really amazing but all he could focus on was the 1 small mistake.
Apparently today in class they did a directive draw of The Cat in the Hat and his teacher found that he had written "this sucks a lot! this is my worst project ever" on the back of the paper. 1) the language was inappropriate but 2) she says the drawing is actually quite cute and the point was for each drawing to be unique, etc. She stressed the points we always do "all that matters is you try your best" and "some things just take more practice. this is your first time _____ so appreciate how well you did this first time!"
Academically, we have never had any frustration issues. These occurrences are rare but only happen around art projects and it just makes me sad that he's so hard on himself.
Is your child hard on themself in some area? How do you react to their frustration? Is there anything you have found to give them some perspective? If they were hard on themselves at a younger age, has it gotten better with age?
Any advice is welcome!