1. How to Observe and Look Closer
When we start teaching kids art, they’re direct and have a simplistic technique and approach. For
example, if I ask a young child, “Would you please draw a person for me?” they’ll start by drawing a
circle for the head and then lines for the body and hands.
New artists start with stick figures, then move on to basic shapes. As an artist evolves, their work can
sometimes dive deeper and really look at what defines the subject of their art. That’s why I ask kids to
take a closer look at what they’re creating. Perhaps that person has a strong jawline and their face is better
represented by a rectangle. Or their arms may be longer than someone expects them to be. Art may
challenge kids to take a deeper look at a person and see them for who they really are.