Making the most of the Kids Art Lab during the school holidays was Sharni Hare, 8, of Lismore.
Making the most of the Kids Art Lab during the school holidays was Sharni Hare, 8, of Lismore. Jay Cronan

Teach your children (art) well

IMAGINE if primary school students could be taught at high-school level without the information going over their heads.

Kids Art Lab owner and teacher Belinda Madden said her creative classes do exactly that.

"Because I've trained in so many areas and worked in them professionally, the skills I pass on are taught at an adult level and not dumbed down," she said.

"So they learn the correct names for things, mix their own paint and use a colour wheel.

"Basically, they get taught at a higher level."

Ms Madden taught for several years at an independent New York school and has incorporated some of its art curriculum into Kids Art Lab classes.

"They'll do Chinese ink and brush painting, printmaking, sculpture with found objects, water colours, self-portraits and use pastels," she said.

"They're able to look at things with a critical eye, which they're taught to do at high school, but this way they can already do it by the time they get there.

"It helps with their English and to see things from different pers- pectives and also increases their overall visual literacy."

Yesterday, Sharni Hare, 8, was eagerly working on her "Eye Tornado" picture in a Kids Art Lab class at Kyogle.

"It's really fun because you get to draw random things," she said.

Ms Madden said children are highly intuitive and revealed intricate thoughts through artworks in her classes.

Kids Art Lab classes cost $17 and will be held Monday-Friday from 10am during the school holidays. Contact Ms Madden on 0429 384 677 to book.



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