Recently I have experienced a kid in my kids expressive art workshop whom she actually drawn her dad and mum upside down. It was an amazingly beautiful portrait of her dad and mum though 😃
I quietly observed her during her mum portrait drawing progress that day, she drawn the whole portrait upside down, then when she has finished it, she turned her mum portrait up right and told me “Teacher Sienny, she is my mum!” 🤗
Should we as teachers or parents to worry when we note a kid who draws upside down?
Nope, don’t worry, keep calm & steady with your kid’s unique drawing style 😄
Our brain does not completely form the concept of left and right until somewhere between the ages 5 to 8. This means that almost all children will have persistent reversals when they first start writing & drawing.
So, stay calm, and don’t ever limit your kid’s creativity by constantly pointing out what is wrong. For instance, when your kid learned to walk, you wouldn’t have kept telling your kid to stop because not proper or of trying to correct every step of your kid.
In this connection, do avoid making a big deal & correcting your kid. The over reactions & corrections may then discourage your kid from future attempts at writing & drawing.
Actually it is also an art technique that we called as observational in most of the art schools, especially for fine artist.
When we turn an image upside, it looks unrecognizable & our visual system will create a shape allusion to help our brain make sense of what we are looking at.
When images are turned upside down we see line, shape, tones and light much clearer & more vivid. And we are more focused on the simple forms our brain is to recognizing rather than the complex visual perception in our memory. It also tries to make out shapes & negative space. As a result, when we turn drawings upside down often while working to check ourself & to see proportions easier.
So, don’t worry when your kids write or draw upside down, stay clam & relax to enjoy your kid’s drawing 😊
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