Creativity Exercises to Get kids started drawing
Creativity exercises teach young artists to use their own original ideas in their art. Through this activity I teach creativity and problem solving . Creative problem solving is the foundation of my art program. It’s also a good starting point to begin drawing at home with your child. In this post you will find a step by step guide for a creativity exercise to get kids started drawing. In addition, you will find books and resources for more activities like this one.
The Big Mistake: A creativity exercise to get kids started drawing
I call this creativity exercise “The Big Mistake” because we use a mistake to inspire creativity. It helps our young artists to start to see mistakes as opportunities to make something great! It inspires us to see inspiration everywhere in our environment. And, it encourages us to never give up! A step by step break down of the lesson is as follows.
1.Read The Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
This book shows how artists can make something beautiful out of mistakes! I find it to be a crowd pleaser and very inspirational. If you don’t have a copy or prefer a video , you can find a link to a reading of The Beautiful Oops here!
2. Demonstrate how to fix a Big Mistake!
First, take a paper with a pre-drawn mark on it. Then, show the kids how to look at the mistake from different angles. Turn the paper different ways and say aloud what you think it looks like. Ask the kids what they think it could be. It is kind of like seeing images in the clouds. Then, decide on what the mistake will be and draw it. In the picture above, you can see the purple mistake was turned into a mouse! Next, show them how to use all the space well by drawing the setting. Finally, I have my students outline everything in a black marker and color it when they are done.
3. Work Time and sharing
Everyone gets a Big Mistake that they will turn into something beautiful! (I make this mistake paper ahead of time.) First, I give my young artists about five minutes to talk about each other’s mistakes and brainstorm together. Also, it’s a good idea to remind them to turn the page around and look at the mistake from different angles. Finally, after this creativity exercise we share our experiences and drawings! The best part is being surprised by the kiddos creative ideas!
Creativity exercises to get started drawing: Books and resources
Books that encourage creative thinking:
- What Do We Do All Day has a great list of books to inspire creativity titled:
- In addition, these two books go well with this lesson:
What Do You Do with a Problem? And What Do You Do with an Idea? both by Kobi Yamada.
More Creativity Exercises
A Free Printable Art Journal Starter Kit with drawing prompts from The Painterly Path.
12 Free Printable Drawing Prompts for Kids from Stories and Children
16 Printable Art Activities for Kids from The Artful Parent.
And, An Imagination Workout that I use regularly in my classroom found at Paging Supermom.