Your kids draw. A lot. On paper, napkins, the walls, and — too often — each other. Now, they’re getting better: What were once scenes of murder by crayon, are now pictures of houses with doors and windows and portraits of you that kind-of, sort-of do look like you … If your arms grew out of your head, which they thankfully do not. Progress!

That’s the big secret to drawing: If your kids want to become mini Matt Groening's or Édouard Manet, then they have to get their doodle on as often as possible. But, as with most activities, the act of drawing can get stale — and one’s ability can grow stagnant — if you don’t switch things up. Chris Locke, an acclaimed illustrator, sculptor, and author of Draw Like This: How Anyone Can See the World Like an Artist—and Capture It on Paper, has keyed in on several simple strategies to not only teach kids to be better drawers but also keep them more entertained when the colored pencils appear.

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