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Gift Ideas for Young Artists

Updated on October 9, 2013

Gift Ideas for Young Artists

Do you have a young artist in your family, and have no idea what to get him or her for holidays and birthdays? Are you trying to encourage your children to develop art skills?

I have compiled a list of gift suggestions for young artists. Boys and girls love learning about art and exploring their creativity. Drawing is a great hobby that teaches them about perspective, color, hand-eye coordination and attention to detail. Boys and girls love arts and crafts, and their parents enjoy that it is time that their children are spending away from a television or computer screen. With encouragement from friends and older family members, children can develop strong art skills that will help them throughout life.

These gifts are great for artistic girls and boys who love to draw, color, paint, sketch or create their own designs.

Gift Suggestions to Teach 3 Year Olds Art Skills

Art gifts for three year old girls and boys

For very young children, the main goal with teaching them about art is to encourage them to enjoy it. It should be a fun experience, where they feel comfortable exploring, learning, and making mistakes.

Three year olds lack the technical skills for many types of art, but will enjoy learning about bright colors and shapes. They will also enjoy learning about creating three dimensional shapes with play dough.

Focus on items that help teach about shapes, colors, and learning fine motor skills.

Gift Ideas for 3 Year old Artists

Gift Ideas for 6 Year old Artists

Art gifts for six year old girls and boys

When children are six years old, they have the ability to learn more complex skills. While they will still enjoy learning about the use of color and playing with modeling clay, they will also begin to take an interest in learning to make more realistic drawings.

Six year old artists have better motor skills, and they will also begin to take an interest in more detail-oriented activities. They will be able to grip pencils and crayons better. This is a great time to start teaching them art skills that correspond with their individual interests and whatever subjects they are learning about in school.

Gift Ideas for 6 Year Old Artists

Gift Ideas for 8 Year Old Artists

Art gifts for eight year old girls and boys

Eight year olds have an amazing ability to be very enthusiastic about whatever topics they are learning about. Whether it is dinosaurs, horses, or their favorite superheroes, you can use these topics for ideas to practice drawing skills.

Gift Ideas for 13 Year Old Artists

Art gifts for 13 year old girls and boys

13 year old artists are old enough to have the ability to really start learning the fundamentals of how to draw. They will understand the technical aspects, and have the patience to devote the time to practicing. Learning about art will help them learn geometry as well.

By the time the artist is 13 years old, they can use most of the art supplies that are targeted for adult artists. If the 13 year old is serious about continuing with art, then this is an ideal time to begin building up a studio of supplies to practice with.

Carrying around a sketch pad and pencils, as well as beginning to get books to study fundamentals, will help a young artist practice their craft.

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    • DeepaVenkitesh LM profile image

      DeepaVenkitesh LM 5 years ago

      a great artistic lens, will show to my son after he comes.

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      zetteharbour 5 years ago

      My daughter loves the Prismacolor Pencils - they are a great art tool. This is a very helpful lens about art supplies, thanks.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Wonderful gift ideas!

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I will use this to find a gift for my sister. She's a talented artist.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved drawing as a kid. It used to be my favorite way to unwind.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice selection of gifts!