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In our bottom-line society, we look to our children for a finished product or for an accomplishment. We want a written story, the fastest runner, or a picture neatly colored. But the child is not a finished product. She is in the process, and her work reflects that. The object of the child’s work is not the finished product, but what has taken place within her as she experimented. Has she been happy as she worked? It is important that the child is never asked, “What is it?” No question is more deflating to the child who has worked hard. Say instead:

“What interesting art. Tell me about it.”

“That’s such a happy picture. The colors are so beautiful/bright/cheerful.”

“You must have had fun doing this.”

Children pass through various art stags: scribbling, shapes or symbols, and representative drawing. There is no set time for any particular stage. In fact, in one day a child may pass through all stages. One day a child will use many colors, the next perhaps only one color or put one color on top of another. There may be a picture on top of a picture underneath. Your child may paint one color on top of another until he has worn a hole through the paper, or he may keep his colors separate.

There are names and educational theories about all these stages, but your child will gain the most benefit by your encouragement and acceptance of her work. At home, you can further your child’s interest and creativity in art by: • Providing lots of different types of art materials (paint, markers, crayons, glue, different colors and textures of paper, yarns, buttons, scraps of wood, metal, or fabric, containers to paint or glue on) and a place to work, even to be messy.

• Never hurrying or pressuring the child to perform.

• Showing interest and approval.

• If you get the end result, displaying the work in your home and bragging about it to your friends in front of your child. If you don’t get the end result because it was given to someone else, don’t fret. You’ll get more.

Never don’t pay attention or, heaven forbid, throw the art work away. If it’s a paper, after the paper has been displayed for an appropriate time, put it on top of the refrigerator. If your child notices that the art is not displayed, you can point out that it’s on top. Just continue to stack the papers there. When the stack threatens to capsize, you can throw the bottom several inches away or send them to grandma. By that time, the papers are so old the child doesn’t miss them. Above all, treasure the child himself.