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Published November 12th 2014
Give your kids a head-start in art
Photo Courtesy of Drawing Room for Kids
If you have kids who show a little bit of artistic talent or would like to instill a love of art in them, the Drawing Room for Kids is a great place to start. The classes began as a place for parents to bring children who may not have access to an art teacher or class in their school.
Teacher Jacquie Calvert-Lane believes in teaching children to learn how to draw from life, and still life, not from photographs, or from projections. This 'real life' concept helps with the cognitive skill of seeing, and being visually aware and allows students to begin to look at the world through an artist's eyes.
From a young age, children draw what is around them and while these are not accurate, they are a representation of what they see. Using the ethos of Atelier Art Classes, sound principles and practice are given to children which, over time, will develop to give them a better appreciation of visual arts and the world around them.
Jacquie believes that art, just like maths and English, should be taught in a way that allows the student to understand the core principles to become more accomplished. She believes that a good grounding in the basics means that even work done from imagination would have more strength if the person drawing has an understanding of line and form, or comparative measurement and perspective.
At the end of the year, there is an exhibition alongside the adult students of Atelier at the RQAS which gives an opportunity for young artists to mingle with older established artists and get feedback on their work. This is such an incredible opportunity for kids to chat to more experienced artists and they may even find a mentor.
So if you have children who are showing some interest in drawing or art, Drawing Room for Kids was started to help them find their feet and understand the basics to build upon.