I had the great pleasure of presenting and visiting with some young artists at the Wasatch County Library in Heber last Thursday Evening. I was greeted by Sally Baird who made me feel welcome and got everything set up with the help of three rambunctious girls. The pictures were taken by another mother, Ivana Radu who said I was welcome to use them on my blog.
We talked about the importance of getting in the sketch book habit. We discussed making books and talked about illustrating stories and what to think about when we hear the words and how do we get the pictures we see in our mind down on the paper.
I dropped some dye in water for some marbling and when I pulled the paper out, there was an appreciative gasp. I loved to see the art the kids produced and answer their questions.
We put all the art together at the end to let everyone see what the others had made. One student came up to me after the class and quietly asked, “Whose art did you think was the best?” I told him, “Everyone is at different levels with their art and everyone has their own style. You can’t really choose if one is better than another.”
Here is the Marbling dye from Bolu-Undo
photo by Ivana Radu
I paused and he looked up at me and then I said, “But I can say that your art was very nicely done.” He got a big grin on his face and said he was going to be an artist when he grows up. We had a lot of talented kids in the class. It was a great evening.