Is my kid's talent predictive of artistic talent? If so what should I do about it?
October 24, 2012 1:51 PM Subscribe
My daughter is almost seven and is a bright kid in most ways, and I think she might be exceptionally gifted in drawing. She is enrolled in a school which is great in some ways, but art is not an area of its focus (I have my own reasons for this prioritization, although maybe it's time to rethink them.) I want to do right by her and nurture her talent, if it is exceptional. Help me figure out if she's unusual, and what to do about it.
posted by fingersandtoes to education (34 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My girl has always liked to draw (like most little girls, right?) but she's skilled in a way I never was. It's way out of the league of what I see her classmates doing; but I don't know whether it's exceptional in the bigger picture. So far what she's been doing is copying other drawings -- images from storybooks, usually. Hers come out looking almost as if they were traced, although I know they weren't. I guess this sounds kind of goofy, like so what if your kid makes perfect freehand copies of someone else's drawings? - but the thing is, I've never seen a kid of this age turn out drawings like this. Most adults couldn't. I know I couldn't.
Should I try to get her into a figure drawing class? Putting her into a general arts and crafts context doesn't seem to be the right thing... I already hear her being self conscious about how much better her drawings are than her peers' when they do art stuff in school (which isn't often, as I said.) (I told her that doing her best is not the same as bragging and that she should never hide her abilities, but I'm not sure I'm messaging it right.)
To sum up -- is precocious 2D -> 2D freehand copying ability in a 6 year old a talent that matters enough that I should be nurturing it, and if so, how?