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How Drawing For Kids Improves Their Writing

This article originally published on:   Want to improve your kids’ writing? Let them draw By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra We might see drawing as a bit of fun, but the contribution to learning is more than we might think Shutterstock We love our kids’ first drawings. They draw before they write, so their drawings seem somehow miraculous in those early years – their first communication that is permanent and there for all to see. Preschool is all about drawing and painting. Large canvasses of abstract finger paintings give way to recognisable broad stroke figures, houses, and sunny skies.

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Doodle 4 Google Art Contest for Kids: Ireland Winner 2014

 I personally voted for her and I’m so pleased she won! Article originally published on The Irish Times.   Kelly McCabe from Scoil Carmel Junior National School in Firhouse Co Dublin named overall winner for jungle design Dublin student Kelly McCabe from Scoil Carmel Junior National School was named the overall winner of the sixth annual Doodle 4 Google competition today. Kelly’s winning doodle beat off competition from 74 regional finalists and will be seen by millions of users when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage this Wednesday March 26th. Kelly, aged eight, was presented with her award at a

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Art Contests For Kids – February 2014

Art contests are a great way to give your children an opportunity to share their art.  Even if they’re not selected as a winner, encourage them to be proud for entering and sharing their art with others. Encouraging our kids to draw, paint, and create is so important.  If your children are not interested in drawing & painting, encourage them to express their creativity in the areas that interest them most. It could be writing, building things, singing, etc.  All of our children are creative and as parents it’s our job to support and encourage them along the way. See

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Printmaking For Kids – From Drawing to Print with Eye Can Art!

    We had the pleasure of reviewing an art kit for kids by Eye Can Art. Eye Can Art has a line of eight different art kits that come complete with directions and supplies inside the can! I ran across Eye Can Art on Twitter and was excited to see these fabulous art kits are created by two passionate moms like myself that wish to share art with kids. Special Announcement!  Eye Can Art has been generous enough to allow me to give away another kit to one of my lucky readers! To enter the giveaway:  Please leave a comment below

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Drawing Fun With The Big Draw LA

    Today we made our way to the Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles for a community drawing event – The Big Draw LA.  The beautiful Grand Park is nestled among the city buildings in the heart of downtown.  I’ve been looking for a chance to visit this park and today was the day!  I always like visiting downtown on the weekend to avoid the crowds and traffic. The weather was gorgeous today!  My daughter and I made our way to one of the many tables of supplies and helped ourselves to a little basket of drawing materials.  We

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Art Contests For Kids – October 2013

  See all of my contest posts:  click here!  Visit my Drawing For Kids Store for my top picks of art supplies for kids. It’s now October and I’d like to add a new contest update since I didn’t get a chance to post one in September.  I’ve found some new and interesting art contests to include this month. I think encouraging our kids to draw, paint, and create is so important.  My goal is to help parents find ways to validate their children’s efforts and let their fantastic artwork be appreciated by others. I do my best to scour the web

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How to Draw Cartoons at the LA County Fair – Pencils 2 Pixels Exhibit

  I was so excited to visit the Pencils 2 Pixels exhibit during our recent visit to the LA County Fair.  What kid doesn’t love their cartoons?  The exhibit displayed every step of the animation process from early pencil sketches to clay sculptures for 3D animation.  The entire building is full of fascinating displays and interactive activities for the kids. Pencils 2 Pixels – The Art of Animation Pencils 2 Pixels explores the unique world of animation, from the classics of traditional hand drawn cel animation to the dynamic world of computer art. 3D Zoetrope:  The largest and fastest 3D zoetrope

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Best Drawing Supplies For Kids

  I just love the adorable drawings that my daughter creates.  I think my drawers and boxes will be filled for years with her wonderful doodles, drawings and art work.  She regularly writes me letters that she delivers and I keep them in a letter box she created for me. Now that she’s in kindergarten and learning how to read and write, my letters have wonderful drawings and words too!  The word she writes the most is love.  Guess that gives you a sense of how precious my little sweet pea is.  Enough of the mom bragging… time to share

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Drawing For Real Life – Architecture For Kids

  I visited the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles with my daughter.  Sunday, September 8th,  was the last opportunity to see their current exhibit A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living. There are so many great opportunities to appreciate art around us and I love taking the time to share and explore them with my 5 year-old daughter. Drawing for kids is mostly a hobby.  By visiting the Hammer, I wanted my daughter to understand how drawing fits into everyday life and introduce her to one of the careers possible in the arts. I explained to her who an architect is and

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Drawing With Children – Mother & Daughter Artists

  Finding time to draw with my child is something I look forward to.  This weekend my daughter delighted herself in writing and illustrating two little books.  She gathers paper and has me “bind” it with staples and off she goes to write and draw.  One little book was about tying her shoes and the other about the Powerpuff Girls – she’s 5 with diverse interests ;o). She said that she wanted to be an author when she grew up.  I explained that she didn’t have to be a grown-up to an author, that she could be one now.  Her

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