- What if you were an animal...
- What if you were 2 inches tall...
- What if you were a fish...
- What if you could fly...
- What if you never had to sleep...
- What if you met a dragon...
- What if your dog could talk...
"How" questions are great because they ask for an explanation.
- How does a bird fly?
- How did a zebra get its stripes?
- How does a car run?
- How does the rain get into the sky?
- How does your body know its supposed to grow?
- How did the author get the idea to write this book?
- How did you build that? <---ask them to describe their own process.
- How did you draw that?
"How" questions ask someone to explain his/her origin of thought or ask them to interpret someone else's. These questions will prove that ideas don't always "pop" into one's head, but get there through a process. These "how" questions invite creative responses especially if the answer isn't common knowledge to your young artist.
"Which" questions are great because they involve choices....and always follow up a "which" question with a "why".
- Which is more beautiful a rainy day or a sunny day? Why?
- Which is better being beautiful or being strong? Why?
- Which color is louder, red or black? Why?
- Which is more annoying, silence or a drippy faucet? Why?
- Which super power would be better to have, flying or being invisible? Why?
- Which would be better to be for a day, 1 inch tall or 100 feet tall? Why?
- Which is more ugly, a spider or a candy wrapper? Why?
Artists must constantly make choices, they must make choices to continue or to call an artwork complete. They must choose colors, shapes and lines, they must choose a composition. Artists need to choose to work through mistakes, ignore mistakes or scrap the whole thing and start again. Artists must choose to take critiques and criticisms from peers and critiques or ignore them for the growth of their art. Making choices and having confidence in these choices are an important part of being a mature artist. Encourage your child to make choices, but remind him/her that his/her reasons for making these choices can be more important than the choice itself.
Art is not about product. I don't have a teaching degree so that your child can bring home beautiful things...that's just a plus. We as art teachers have a place in the education system because we are teaching your children to ask questions, explore, problem solve, make choices and back up all that they find and choose with a supportive explanation.