“Look at what I drew, Mommy!”
A child art easel is the perfect addition to your child’s playroom. Allowing her the ability to show off her imaginative and creative side in her own space is a very important part of childhood development. Though a child art easel will not guarantee that your child’s art exhibit will move from the refrigerator to Christy’s Auction House, a child art easel will make it easier for your child to show off her budding talent. Therefore, a child art easel can increase her self-confidence and self esteem.
There’s something about a child’s artwork that seems more beautiful and priceless than a Van Gogh. Forget the Louvre—the world’s most precious masterpieces are right on the refrigerator door. We smile proudly at her eager interpretations of ‘My Family”, even if our smiles look a little lopsided, and the dog (is that a dog?) stands on five wobbly legs. (“No, mom, that’s a tail!”)
These drawings aren’t just charming, they’re important to our child’s development. Child experts say that through these paintings and drawings, they learn self-expression, creativity, imagination, and pride in one’s work.
They also learn pride in themselves. From a blank canvas and a handful of crayons and paints, they can make a world—a place where (if they wanted to) houses could stand on clouds, and cotton candy flowers grow side by side next to chocolate marshmallow trees. For a child, this ability to “do anything and everything” is crucial to their sense of self-esteem.
So how do you encourage this creativity? First of all, give her own “creative space”. All artists have their studio, and the least she can have is her own child art easel, or her own table.
The child’s art easel is set at a child’s height, making it easier (and more comfortable) for her to paint, draw or write as long as she wants. It’s also less prone to accidents. She Easel Stand won’t accidentally knock down a jar of water as she would at a kitchen table where she has to hunch forward to reach the paper. She won’t strain her neck or her back trying to draw on the floor. Instead, the child art easel stands at one corner, barely taking up any space, and yet always handy with a blank sheet of paper for the minute she’s seized by some creative inspiration.
The child art easel will also allow your child to make use of the light (they usually tend to cast dark shadows on the paper as they hunch over it to draw) and so minimize eyestrain. Another advantage is that for some materials such as paints, the child art easel prevents the child from smearing her work, since her palm doesn’t touch the paper the way it would if she were leaning against it on the floor.
Keep a ready stock of art supplies. Different kinds of paper and different kinds of colors and paint, can all lead to different artistic effects. Let her experiment. Invest in craft books, if you like, so she can hunt for ideas when she’s bored. (It’s better than her watching TV!)
And always, always praise her for her work. Keep praise specific, and make it genuine. “I love the colors you used for the flowers, they’re so happy” is more sincere than saying, “Oh, it’s the most peeeeerrrrrffect garden I’ve ever seen!”