Art has always helped the human being to express himself, and drawing was one of humanity’s first forms of communication. For children, drawing is of enormous importance both from the communicative point of view and from the more intimately emotional side.
Today coloring albums and drawing experiences dedicated to adults are also increasingly popular precisely because expressing oneself through art is an excellent antidote to stress. In society, even the little ones now have to deal with stress and its heavy consequences on psycho-physical well-being. Drawing helps children to ease tensions and worries. It is a relief valve for the most restless but also for the shyest, it expresses what is stirred up in the child and which cannot be verbalized.
Non-verbal expression – It also happens to adults: emotions are experienced that cannot be verbalized, nor therefore can they be expressed through language with the risk that the emotional world becomes burdened with fears, worries, and anxieties. And, of course, all this also happens to children. Resorting to drawing, the child expresses unconsciously (but also with awareness), what is stirred within his inner world. By observing a child’s drawings, in fact, we can understand innumerable nuances and some great truths. At the same time, the child gets rid of otherwise unbearable weights.
More concentration – Drawing and coloring train the concentration of young and old. As they draw, the children train their ability to stay focused during manual labor. Drawing can also be useful for fixing and consolidating concepts and notions belonging to other study disciplines, such as mathematics or history. It is a mistake, in fact, to think of design by assimilating it to a pastime or downgrading it to a “subject” of study less than the others. Art and mathematics, for example, are closely related.
Creativity calls creativity – Several studies have shown that creativity has beneficial effects on the psycho-physical health of children and proves to be an excellent ally in the growth phase. Furthermore, creativity feeds itself: for these reasons, it is essential to encourage its expression also through free drawing.
For the most lively and the most shy – Drawing and coloring are two optimal activities even for the most exciting children, for those children who find it challenging to stay concentrated or “glued” to the chair. Rigid rules such as staying in the margins or always sitting while drawing mustn’t be established. Better to allow the child to follow his instincts. Illustration, and art in general, are priceless resources even for shy and more difficult children to socialize: sharing the artistic and creative moment, suitable for children, is an excellent way to connect to others and feel part of a context.