Encouraging Younger Artists

It’s March Break in many parts of North America so programs for children and young people are in full swing. If you are heading up any of those programs or are like me doing some teaching over this period no doubt you will see all kinds of skill levels from students in your classes. No matter how bad the work may seem to you it is important to be supportive. Realize if no one is able to create the projects that you have set out it may be too hard for the skill level of your class.

I myself am a self taught artist and much of the reason for that is I lacked that support from my teachers in the early years. If the teacher didn’t like to draw then the class had very little drawing projects. That made me not pursue further art classes as I grew up as drawing was my main interest. So it is important to be flexible and encourage your students as it may greatly affect how they think of art in the future. You may be teaching the next famous artist, you wouldn’t want to be the reason that person dropped out from the wonderful world of art.

Teach to the level of your class, not the level of your education!

Have a good week in class.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a professional illustrator and cartoonist from Ontario Canada. More information can be found on his website http://www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

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