I’ve decided to write this this week for two reasons… The first one being I need to get better at my questioning when chatting to kidlets about their artwork, and secondly I know our new intake this week will be creating lots of lovely pictures,so hopefully this post will be helpful in reminding us about the comments to make!
I kind of cringe when I realise that in the past I’ve said to a child “oh wow that’s a lovely dinosaur/dragon ” and they reply with “It’s not a dragon, its mummy!” I’m sure we’ve all done it at some point!!
Instead of guessing what they have drawn or painted it’s much better to use open questioning where they can explain what they have done and why!
- ASK them to tell you all about their drawings and artwork
- COMMENT on the lines or colors, etc. that they are using (Wow, I see that you are making lots of orange stripes. I like how the Orange paint is mixing with the yellow paint there.) Can you tell me any other colours that mix together to make a different colour?
- ACKNOWLEDGE how hard (carefully, enthusiastically, long) they worked on their artwork
It’s so important to show how amazing you think their work is by either sending home to mummy/daddy or displaying on the wall in your classroom for all to see!
I love looking backing back at my own children’s paintings from when they were dinky, and just seeing how much development they have made!