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Art Impacting Academics

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Children can use verbal and visual symbols to communicate through drawing and writing. While some may assume that drawing and writing are in competition, combining the two can actually improve a child's capacity to communicate and foster a deeper knowledge of symbolism and meaning.

Drawing and Writing: What's the Connection?

When a youngster draws, they use visual symbols to communicate an idea, and when they write, they use letter symbols to communicate. Drawing serves as a stepping stone to writing, allowing students to explain their concepts in broad terms through visuals before describing them through the much more complex lens of words.

When children write and sketch at the same time, they are better able to understand the relationship between visuals, words, and letters.

How to discuss art?

When talking to a child about their art, there's one powerful phrase that can help them turn their drawings into stories.

Inquiring about a child's art is a beneficial habit for a variety of reasons. To begin, if the child is young, you can avoid upsetting them by identifying the subject of their picture inaccurately. Second, and more significantly, a child must express his or her knowledge of the artwork in words. This tests their capacity to explain their thoughts clearly.

Encourage children to write down what they draw: When the child draws, guidance can be provided through a sequence of stages that will turn their drawing into a storey.

  • Make a drawing: Allow youngsters to design an image to use as the basis for this activity.

  • Let's discuss the image: Let the child explain what's going on in their picture using the "tell me about it" method.

  • Write a paragraph regarding the image: This is necessary even if the youngster does not have a great grasp of writing. Allow children to scribble, copy, or write their own words while doing so.

  • Take a look at what was written: Have the youngster read what they wrote. This can help to check that she/he understands the relationship between their storey and their illustration.

  • Celebrate! When the child has completed their story, congratulate them on their accomplishment and show them a picture book to underline the link between words and pictures.

Many creative activities have the potential to help the child develop various abilities he or she requires to succeed in school and at employment. If the child has any artistic abilities, whether it's drawing or something else, encourage them! An artistic mind always thrives in any situation.


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