Simply put, everyone is an artist.
The sad thing is that those who don't believe they're an artist, have decided this at some point in their lives because of something that has happened. ( someone else's reaction, or unrealistic expectations from self or others ). The good news is, I can help people of all ages feel better about drawing and painting, and thank goodness some good folks have found me and I am able to help their children here in the studio or even online.
What I've learned:
Parent's usually bring their children to me for a few different and valid reasons.
They want me to engrain this confidence in their kids from an early age, so that they don't lose this into later life. They value the visual arts and understand that it's important for creative development.
They have no idea how to help them at home because the parent's believe that they are not artists.
They know that their child is not receiving this education and guidance at school, or their school teacher is so busy with all of the other subjects that real art lessons are getting missed. Most primary school teachers are not actually trained to teach children HOW to draw.
Parents are more and more realising the importance of mindful activities, and creativity.
They trust me that I can show them how to think like an artist, solve problems like an artist, and create works of art that are unique, skillful, and thoughtful. Keepsakes are made, relationships are built, future education pathways are influenced, and artists are nurtured.
If you have a child who already loves drawing, or a child who starting to doubt themselves and their artistic ability, or even a child who is just plain missing out of the benefits of drawing, please get in touch. I can help.
Can I help parents too? Yes, I sure can. In fact, parents are loving to try my online lessons alongside their kids, and enjoying to send me photos of their own drawings, alongside their children's, and you know what? THIS IS GOLD!! Excellent role modelling right there! Being vulnerable. Trying something new. How can our kids grow in drawing if their parent's are afraid to let loose and have some fun with it too? You may not even need my help. Sometimes all your child needs is to watch YOU.
So, long story short. How do you know if your child is an artist? Do they draw and enjoy drawing? Yes? They are an artist. No? They are still an artist but just don't know it yet.
This photo is by mother and daughter, Mariella and Ashlee, from the Drawing Challenge #2. Just beautiful!