Holiday gift ideas for your child artist
Most of the large art-supply stores offer weekly coupons in the newspaper and online; they also honor each other's coupons! Tomorrow, my post will be about some nicer items you can add to your studio when you can take advantage of a sale or coupon.
Today, I have some suggestions for holiday gift ideas for your young artists. Another great use for the coupon!
• sketchbooks (small for field work, larger sizes for working at home)
Bundle with a small field bag (you can sew yourself if you are handy), a plastic enclosed pencil sharpener, pencil case with pencils, small magnifying glass, a couple of small guide books, and you have one of my favorite presents of all time.
These markers will make everyone who sees them want to sit down and draw. They’re brighter and have more varied colors than typical children’s markers.
• scratch-board kits with tools included
My sons love to do scratch art; the boards are kind of pricey and fall into special gift territory for us. You can also make your own boards once you have the tools.
• small canvases with a set of acrylic paints
Canvases are available in every possible size and in bundled packages. Inexpensive craft-store acrylic paint sold in small bottles is fine for painting on these.
Stocking stuffer ideas:
• metallic pencils (for the best Star Wars drawings, robots, machine designs) (great on black construction paper)
• glitter glue (a favorite of kids everywhere)
• mini staplers with colored staples (great for tiny book-making)
Finally, here are some of my favorite children's books about art and artists:
Degas and the Little Dancer (and the others from the Anholt’s Artists series)
This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of our favorites!