When a small child is born it has little motor control over its limbs and head. Over a period of months, the child starts to gain momentum and control in the movements. It usually starts with their hands. First, they will look at the hand and move the fingers slowly. Once this process starts, it gets better and better with time. Each child had their opportunity to attempt many eye pokes and pull wads of hair.
So how does this help us to draw? Hand-eye co-ordination is conducive to drawing. If you see it, but your hand does do what you want it to do, the movement has no value.
WE Can learn hand-eye co-ordination.
When my daughter started scribbling at one year old I noticed it was unique. She did not scribble. she carefully and slowly created small circular shapes. Hand-eye co-ordination at such an early year was there. I went home to see what I had done when I was younger. My mother kept all our school projects but finally removed them 6 months before I arrived. So I monitored the next child and It was not the same. But when my daughters first born was nearly 1 I noticed the same style. Today both my daughter and the 7-year-old, have great art skills.
There is a number of things that can help develop skill hand-eye co-ordination in small children.
- Cutting detail shapes with scissors.
- Tracing pictures accurately.
- Making models…etc.
- Taking time to examine things closely. [ I will post later ]
Anything that requires precision with your hands and eyes.
2. Drawing exercises that were encouraged every day for my daily journal at school were to draw the outline of an object without looking at your paper. It does not look pretty but it helps you to develop a better control of the pencil.
The other was to draw straight lines and circles by hand. This was a weekly assignment. Our Art teachers theory was if Aztecs could draw a straight line without a ruler why can’t we. Mind you, our first couple of months the lines were somewhat squiggly in most parts. and our circles were interesting. but near the end of the year, you could produce this.