Drawing for Kids Buying Guide
Arts and crafts are one of the few things that just about anyone can do. Whatever your age, no matter your artistic ability, anyone can participate in some hands on creativity. Arts and crafts are an excellent gift for children. Both boys and girls can gain valuable lessons about working individually, developing creative ideas, and letting their imagination take shape. Whether on a rainy day or on a late summer afternoon, there is always time for the arts! When shopping for arts and crafts supplies for kids, be sure to get items that are age appropriate. In other words, the younger the child, the less complicated the art project should be
If your child is between six and 12 years-old, arts and crafts are a great idea - especially drawing. Not only is it an easy art form to master, compared to other mediums, but it is also a mess-free art. Drawing supplies are great to give to children as gifts and since they are relatively inexpensive, they are easy to integrate into after-school activities. Because drawing allows children to express themselves and to develop a new skill, basic supplies are always a safe bet, especially when you don't know the child that well.
If you don't know where to start or your buying for someone else's child, finding the right supplies can be tricky. Well, we're here to help! Here are some pointers as to what to get children depending on their age.
- They will love pastels which are colourful, easy to use and great for blending. It can be messy, but it's a fun medium for kids to try out if they like art.
- Pencil sets whether coloured or watercolour are great for kids aged six and up as well.
- Child safe markers are an option as long as the child is at an age where he or she know how to treat art supplies, e.g. not leaving caps off markers so that they dry out.
- "How-to" books are great inspiration. Cartooning, portrait drawing, animal figures, dinosaurs, etc... Here are a few examples:
Secondary School and Older
- An aspiring artist will enjoy charcoal ,graphite or watercolour pencils coloured pens and fine tip markers
- Art technique books and detailed "how-to" books are very helpful for kids with a background in art and an interest in taking their work a step further.
- Quality paper is a must for all drawing endeavours. The best type to get will be spiral bound with perforations. It makes it easier to draw and discard or save a picture. The heavier the paper, the better, especially if the child will use markers pastels or watercolour pencils
- Watercolour paper can be accompanied by a set of watercolour pencils to make a great gift.
- Any kid who has a lot of talent or a serious interest in drawing will enjoy art supplies that really tap into his or her interests. Some kids are into realistic portrait drawing, while others love Manga , fantasy, geometric and 3D drawing--the list is endless. The bottom line is, try and gear gift purchases towards these interests.