Ever since I have been diligently updating and posting about Fayra’s development in fashion, some questions are asked to me:
How to find a child talent?
Then how to cultivate or develop a child talent?
With the experience of being a parent of 2 children for 15 years who are still learning parenting, I will share and write it here. Hoping that what I say can be useful to other parents or even to prospective parents.
This is what my husband and I do as a parent, I take the example of a child only Fayra:
1. Observe the interests of the child
At first we thought Fayra was just joining in to Rafa’s paper doodles with various drawing tools. We just realized that this child had an interest in drawing when Fayra joined the coloring contest at a famous private school in BSD. Fayra was elected to two of the school’s representatives from nearly a hundred of her students. Fayra was 4 years old at the time.
At every opportunity, Fayra opts for paper doodles rather than playing dolls. Every invited to go, Fayra enough equipped with drawing tools … guaranteed anteng.
When Fayra gets sick, it’s easy to detect if it’s getting better … that is when her hand has started carving the color again onto a clean sheet of paper.
2. Dig interest information by asking the child
When we already know the activities that children love, try to confirm by asking to the child
“You like drawing yah?”
“What do you like most about drawing?”
We can also ask children to explain what they are doing.
“What’s this picture, son?”
Notice the twinkle in the child’s eyes as he describes his work.
Children who have interest, will be earnest and radiate a twinkle in the eyes when asked to explain what they like.
3. Meet the needs of children
So that the interests of children channeled, we meet the needs of children in the form of drawing tools such as paper, picture books, stationery, colored pencils, crayons, paint or other media. As children develop, children will need new challenges.
Which initially draw only on white paper by using colored pencils, they will feel bored and start asking for crayons or color markers. Give appreciation to the child by displaying his work. I once bought a paper-filled container and asked Fayra to paint it. I can see the proud beam in his eyes when I use the drink.
I also collected Fayra’s drawings and kept them in the frames on display in the living room. Every guest arrives, Fayra eagerly explains that the sequence of paintings is the result of his work.
Children who already feel the image on paper or sketchbooks, will start asking for a canvas or maybe a plain cloth. Recommend children with a variety of paints, ranging from watercolor, acrylic paint to oil paint. Let the child try different materials.
So also with Fayra, the more strange his request. Fayra once asked for a sketchbook but not from white paper. Alhamdulillah we found it in a bookstore, a sketch book from brown paper (like recycled paper).
We also provide digital drawing tools that can be connected to a computer. With the tool, Fayra feels like drawing a manual with a pencil / pen but the results can be viewed digitally on the screen and all the image files stored neatly in computer memory.
Not infrequently Fayra drew a manual on paper, then scan and retouch on the computer. The results are as can be seen in the photo above.
The more a child’s scribble, we can see the pattern. We must be observant to catch what is the most dominant child drawn. For Fayra herself, the longer the graffiti is the image of a woman.
Fayra looks fun when drawing a woman with a variety of shirts. In fact we can see detail stitches in addition to the pants that we usually find on jeans. I did not expect the imagination of Fayra who was then aged 6 years can be so detailed.
4. Find a mentor
Since my husband and I have a technical background in the telecommunications world, not art lovers, we feel the need of a teacher to be able to direct Fayra’s interest. We are looking for a mentor who is an expert in his field.
Age 5 years, we input Fayra to the place les les pictures. Only lasted 3 months, Fayra was bored because the place was the picture of the activities done just coloring. While the shape of the image has been prepared by the institution page. Nor can we impose Fayra.
Once when he was not in the mood, Fayra gave this picture:
Age 6 years old, we input Fayra to a picture lesson place that frees the child to draw any preferred shape. Children are also given the freedom to use materials (crayons, markers or watercolor) provided. Here is really Fayra’s progress. Actually this institution loves to hold exhibitions, unfortunately Fayra we stop tutoring