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    Praising Kids' Art



    My 6 yr old daughter's colored pencil drawings

    My kids have taught me that it is very important that I see, really see, their artwork. I need to show them that I am really seeing what they've created. To let my kids, or any kids I interact with, know that their artwork is important and unique, I comment on... the color, the level of detail, perhaps the inventiveness, the color combinations, the patterns, or what is happening in the piece. I ask about what they've drawn. The kids love to tell me why they've selected a certain color combination, to describe the circles with patterns in them. If my daughter shows me the 10th butterfly painting of the day, I might be curious why they are into butterflies that day, what is it about butterflies that intrigues them? Often they do a series of similar pieces ~ notice what changes - is it the detail in a necklace, the pattern of petals, the colors?

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