Your child 1-3 years

Painting ... an awakening tool


Mixture, splash ... Everything that terrorizes you in the painting is the delight of your young artist. And it is especially a mode of expression which contributes to its awakening.

  • Of course, you can decide this: since soon he will devote most of his time to kindergarten, there is no reason for you to spend most of your day, today, to clean up his overflows artistic ... but you would then deprive him of a mode of expression that contributes to his awakening.

Painting: creative material

  • Perhaps even more than a dis-traction, painting allows your toddler to experiment that neither colored pencils nor even markers would allow him. With painting, your baby discovers this very physical, very sensory joy, touching the paint with his fingers, mixing with the water, playing to caress the bristles. Painting causes pleasure and sensations that do not exist with pencils.
  • To give free rein to his creative technique, it's useless to buy him a box of pastilles of 12 different tones: these sub-tilites escape him completely and these little circles all dry are very forbidding! He will much prefer that you spread in cardboard plates a good dose (especially not a nutty, what can one do with a nutty?) Of thick gouache, in the 3 primary colors (blue, yellow, red). There are paintings specially studied so that he can taste them if the desire itches.
  • If he soaks the brush, that's fine. But it exposes itself to a few small irritations, because this strange object does not answer to his desires with the finger and the eye. That's why he prefers to dip his index finger in this colorful mixture, it's better; this tool, he masters it perfectly. And if he puts his hand in it, it's even better, he will discover his imprint and bring a very personal touch to his work. And the foot? It's even more inventive!

Mastery of color

  • The pleasure of the eyes and colors is also part of the joys of painting. From the first months of life, your baby is able to perceive the basic colors, blue, red and yellow. And when you want to "hang" his eyes, it is these bright and contrasting colors that you use. Besides, all the toys that you can shake before his eyes are wearing these colors. It is not a coincidence.
  • Your child is particularly happy that you give him the opportunity to play himself with the bright colors that surround him since birth, to create his own world of color. At the beginning, around 18 months, it will obviously tend to multiply the mixtures and reinvent the brown or the black ...

A Tachist approach

  • From 2 years old, sometimes even before, your artist will be able to succeed very beautiful compositions. "When I'm painting with little ones, I'm struck by their ability to play with colors quite freely, much more freely than with pastels or pencils," says painter Josefa Perez-Ramirez. The use of a pencil immediately implies an idea of ​​graphic design, as if the child felt obliged to represent something figurative.With the painting, one feels it much more liberated.A spontaneous way, it distributes its spots on the page, vary their shape by tilting the leaf, adding water, blowing on it, putting their fingers in. But it is important to know that painting requires a lot of patience on the part of the parents. must not be a constraint for them, or for their babies, for that matter.Parents who know they will get angry if their child spills the pot of paint or drops the paintbrush on the floor, have interest in it The painting must remain a moment 'privileged exchange with your baby, a distraction above all else.'

Some techniques to develop your gifts

  • Place heavy wet paint stains on the right side of the sheet. Fold the sheet in half. Press well with the flat of the hand on the spots that you see by transparency. Fold. It's magic, you created the petals, perfectly symmetrical, a beautiful flower ... It remains only to draw in the center a big heart.
  • Sacrifice your kitchen sponge and cut it into different geometric shapes: squares, triangles, rhombuses. That's good economic buffers.
  • Dilute gouache in a lot of water. From the tip of the brush, drop (on a sheet of paper, for example) drops of this rather liquid paint and give a straw to your child. By blowing on the small puddles, it will create very interesting colored casting effects.

Isabelle Gravillon