Mo Willems was recently interviewed on NPR about getting adults to draw. I missed the original interview with Mo Williams on NPR but heard about it and finally had a chance to listen and read about it. Please follow the links so you can too!
Mo says that often adults stop drawing when they realize they're not going to do it professionally. They get the message that drawing is for kids and pass that message along to their children as well. He points out that we don't stop playing basketball because we aren't going to do it professionally so why stop drawing?
He also mentions that drawing creates empathy between the person/object being drawn and the artist and we could certainly use more of that in the world today.
It was a fun story and I hope that I am emulating that drawing is important to my children. They still love to draw and realize that its important to their mother so hopefully they are not getting a message that drawing is for kids only and they should quit at some point. I am also trying to emphasize that practicing makes you better and that you don't get good at something overnight. Each of us has our own style of drawing and I hope they believe me when I tell them how much I love their artwork!