Great art gifts for older children

If you have an art mad older child, there are some wonderful presents you can buy them for birthdays and Christmas. An older child, by which we mean over 10 years old, can attempt to use almost any medium, and it is seldom too early to start them experimenting with new mediums. It’s a good idea to encourage children to experiment as widely as possible, with all types of creative mediums, so here we look at some of the great artist gifts you may like to consider for an older child.

DVD magic

There are some skills that are simply a joy to observe in action and creating artistic works is one of them. The artist’s DVD is a growing market and even those without a particular interest in art become engrossed as the process unfolds. There is a wide range of mediums featured in artists DVDs, many of which are filmed on location abroad, or in the UK. There is something mesmerising about watching a real professional at work, and seeing how they work. Older children, from early teens, may well find a DVD a great inspiration, and pick up a few tips along the way. You can find highly-regarded Royal Academy artists producing DVDs now, such as Ken Howard and Fred Cuming. Look out for Jean Haines and Shirley Trevena, and Peter Wileman.

Drawing gifts

For the child who is hooked on drawing there is a wide choice. You may like to opt for a traditional wooden box set of coloured pencils, which make a great gift. There is a Winsor and Newton drawing set, which would encourage a child and is very reasonably priced. You might like to think outside of the box, however, and buy a smart folder for the child’s work, some calligraphy pens, or simply some beautiful new acrylic pens. For children who like to draw people, why not look for a model with moveable limbs for them to work from. Oil painting gifts Oil painting can be an expensive hobby, and this can put parents off buying set for the children. But prices of oil painting sets have come down considerably thanks to a competitive market. You can pick up a simple set of oil paints for £20 upwards from leading manufacturers. There are sets available specifically for children, but older ones may prefer an adult looking gift. Look out for Winsor and Newton again for low cost sets, which come with palettes, brushes and canvas included. You can find a range of sets at http://www.jacksonsart.com/ More inspiration There is a wide range of accessories to choose from if the child is a keen artist already. Paintbrushes, sketchbooks, easels, and canvases never go to waste. You just can’t have too many! But why not give a gift that enables a budding artist to try something completely different? Textile and silk painting, acrylics, pastels, printmaking, glass painting and marbling are all hugely enjoyable for the young artist. What about a set of Chinese paintbrushes in a beautiful fan shaped box? Anything a bit different can fire a child’s imagination. They may discover that they have a hidden talent, and will find a whole new direction to go in.

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