Saturday, December 12, 2009

The benefit of sharing artist grade supplies with children

Nicole finishing her homework with her "favorite lucky pencil": a Staedtler Mars Technico 2 mm leadholder. How many first graders do you know that can handle and operate a clutch pencil with a knurled metal grip on a regular basis? I started allowing her to try my gel pens, drafting tools, and watercolors gradually after she turned 2 years old. Thus she has gained some of her confidence and appreciation for artist grade materials naturally from a very early age as she developed her motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Children often learn by example, so it is quite advisable to share quality time while exploring creative endeavors.
Closely watching her aunt Caro as she discovers the joys of painting with acrylic paints.
Proudly showing her first Barbie drawing for the evening.
Demonstrating her creativity and precise cutting control with her scissors, Nicole came up with a couple of reversible gift drawings depicting a colorful jacket for grandma and a Barbie for her little sister.
Didn't even need a ruler to draw fairly straight lines.

Coloring her third reversible gift drawing by request.

Sketching a coloring outline with a black Faber Castell Pitt Artist brush pen.
Her gift drawing to me: the wrapped present image drawn on the front, and a coloring picture drawn on the back. The easel with the castle drawing and the watercolor palettes and brushes show that with her keen observation skills she has already taken notice of my favorite hobby and interest in art supplies.
Out of the blue, Nicole declared that she was then going to draw an abstract piece.

Just finished her abstract piece.
A few examples of the creative work done on a single afternoon by my 6-years old niece. The concept and execution were entirely her own. All I did was provide her with some sheets of blank card stock and lent her some of my Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens to explore her own ideas. Sometimes all that is required to foster a child's interest in art, is to provide encouragement and supervised access to quality art materials. Just make certain that such tools are non-toxic and sturdy enough to meet their needs in a safe manner.

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