When your child’s finished with an art project, compliment her work and avoid passing negative judgments. Let her artwork be enjoyable and free from criticism. Comment positively on her use of shape, design, and color.
If you’re sure of the subject of a drawing, say, “What a beautiful bird,” or “That looks like a very fast car.” If you’re not sure, simply say, “Very nice. You spent a lot of time on that.” You can also ask her to tell you about her art. “Where did you get your idea?” “How did you swirl the colors together?” “Tell me about your picture.”
At times your child will be concerned about the success of her artwork. If a project doesn’t turn out as she’d planned, she may feel frustrated and disappointed. Try to encourage her, and suggest ways her “mess-up” can be turned into something else.
Sometimes a younger sibling will give up on art if she decides her older brother or sister is better than she. Don’t let this happen. Continue to provide materials, praise and encourage your child’s attempts, and don’t compare her to her siblings. Since most kids enjoy the sense of accomplishment finished artwork can bring, your child will most likely continue creating as long as you provide materials and let her know you appreciate her work.
Finally, encourage your child to do as much artwork as she likes. The more she draws, paints, and sculpts, the better she’ll become and the better she’ll feel about her creations.