English sculptor Henry Moore once said: “Drawing, even for people who cannot draw, even for people not trying to produce a good drawing, makes you look more intensely.” The practice of drawing can help us to see and understand our worlds better. Even young children start to draw as soon as they can drag their fingers through the sand.
Seventeenth-century naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian used drawing to study the life cycles of insects starting when she was only 13 years old, and through her close-up explorations was one of the first naturalists to understand metamorphosis. Similarly, Michelangelo used drawing as a way to study the human body, making detailed sketches of muscles, bones, and even blood vessels.
Drawing together with your children is a great way to connect with each other and with your environment, to look and see together, and to build a little humor into your day. Whether you’re an experienced artist or someone who rarely picks up a pencil, you can see your world through a new lens by drawing—and also have some fun while you’re at it.