Teaching Young Children to Paint and Draw

by Maggie Shively in Instruction
We have worked in clay, acrylic, charcoal, graphite on paper, canvas and board. 
This first young lady has been studying with me for about 6 months now.  She brought her cousin in about 2 months ago.  We have created some wonderful things together.  And I don’t mean your usual “kiddie art camp” stuff.  These girls have shown an aptitude for handling sophisticated supplies and subject matter.  Let me give you a glimpse:
Here’s my first student hard at work on a still life.  This particular piece we started by drawing the image in with charcoal together.   She took it from there picking the brush she wanted and the acrylic colors that worked for her.
Next we have my second young student working on an image of a horse and rider we took from a photograph taken at the 2010 Hampton Classic.  Again, we drew the image in together with charcoal and she did the painting.  I talked her out of making the horse blue…

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