This past weekend, I helped my daughter paint one of the walls in her bedroom. We had a great time taping her wall into random shapes and picking out paint colors for the design. When we had finished painting, we both felt happy, content, and satisfied with the finished product and what we had created together. The process of painting her room reminded me that I could also incorporate art into every day.
It is no secret that many kids and adults need positive outlets to manage their emotions. In this time of COVID-19, art can be an ideal tool or strategy to help children and adults calm themselves when they are stressed. This week, I’ve been more intentional about drawing, coloring, using chalk, and creating many and varied art masterpieces when I feel stressed or anxious. Art can also help build confidence, encourage empathy and acceptance of differences, encourage creativity, and build problem-solving skills.
Today, my daughter and I used Art For Kids Hub to draw these two characters hugging.
We were thinking about all the people we wished we could hug and decided to draw some hugs to send. The website is filled with quick and easy art lessons that you can follow along with. There are hundreds of subjects to choose from and the tutorial type style to the videos makes this website a great one for young kids, too. All you need is something to draw with, some paper, and coloring supplies!
Another drawing site I like to use is Drawing with Mr. J.
Mr. J is an art teacher and has produced several videos that help children in grades K–5 learn social and emotional skills through brief and engaging drawing challenges. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on!