How to inspire a 7yr old to create their own seascape?

An email from a teacher sparked some thought from me on how to inspire a 7 year old to create their own seascape . Teacher and pupil have been looking at several cornish artists for ideas and inspiration. These might provide a starting point, but I wanted to provide them with words of encouragement to guide them through the creative process. Because often it is all about the process. Often the end result is very different from the first imagined idea. For a painting to be magical, individual and feel worthy, you have to be focused and give something of yourself to it. So…..

There are no rules. Don’t confine yourself to convention or what you think it should be like. Have no expectation of what it will be like.

Choose colour and make marks instinctively.

You can make no mistakes. Don’t judge your painting or let others criticise it. Keep going with it even when you feel like giving up. If you feel stuck and don’t know where to go next, step back and feel excited about the next move. Make it instinctively . I can promise you won’t regret it.

Happy painting peeps!!

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