Can you remember your first experience creating as a child? This is a question we have been asking in the artist spotlight form for the past year and a half. The answers have been quite varied. With this post, we are re-featuring some artists and posting their response.
You can see a collection of past re-features at the bottom of this page.
As for myself, I can remember coloring often with crayons. From the very beginning I enjoyed working with color, and layering colors for different effects. In elementary school, my favorite subject was always art. People told from the very beginning that I would be an artist – so I guess it was destiny!
Enough talking about myself .. :) Let’s get to the featured artists who related their own childhood experiences with art.
10 Artists and their Childhood Memories of Creating Art
- Aazam Irilian
Style: Representational abstract
Mediums: acrylic, fabric dyes, ink and oil
Drawing with charcoal on the sidewalk, which eventually led to using pen and ink at an early age.
- Terry Sita
New Orleans, USA
Style: traditional and impressionism
Mediums: digital painting, photography, water soluble oils on canvas
I am 67 yrs. old, mother of two, grandmother of two and I love painting. I have been making art of many kinds all my adult life. I started with oils and some years later began to do pastel paintings and making my own pastels. I soon was into sculpture and then icons and now my repertoire includes digital painting and photography.
- Nicola Lautre
Mediums: Ink and watercolor
That would have to be colouring in with my first set of wax crayons as a pre-school child. I cannot remember a time when it wasn't an important part of my life. I used to design paper dolls based on the Blondie comics and also loved designing houses, particularly enjoying adding the final touches, drawing and colouring in the furniture.
- Carol Price Surface
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Style: Abstract Expressionism with figuration
Mediums: Watercolor, Acrylic, Printmaking, Mixed-Media Wall Sculptures
As a child I was always drawing and making anything and everything beautiful. When I was in the first grade I won an art contest and my parents sent me to Lochhaven Art Center in Winter Park, FL, which today remains a prestigious art institution. Beauty continues to be the top priority in my art.
Style: I think I have my own style but I'm also very influenced with Japanese Shoujo Mangaka.
Mediums: Traditional/ Pencils/ Pens/ etc, Digital/ Paint Tool Sai/ PhotoShop/ Manga Studio.
I've been into drawing since the very young age of 6 years old.
I don't remember what my first experience was like but it was most likely about horses, that’s where I started drawing to begin with. I started from a girly obsession for horses but eventually I started watching anime and reading manga in grade 7 then began drawing in a shoujo manga styled way.
- Donna Muller
Nova Scotia, Canada
Mediums: Acrylic and Oils
In elementary school a high school teacher that was very much involved in the arts made a comment that I had talent. I loved creating things that were just a little out there.
- Steven Gordon Linebaugh
Style: realism, impressionism
Mediums: oils and pastels
I was always drawing when I was very young. I have been creating things for as long as I remember, I can't pinpoint the first time but I do remember putting large pieces of paper that would cover my wall and using pastels-the freedom of working so large and watching the colors and shadows stretch across the wall was an amazing feeling. The walls didn't fare so well.
- David Munroe
Style: Abstract, Landscape
Mediums: Acrylic, Oils, Inks
I always used to draw and colour in books as a child, I was always begging my parents to get me new colour pens or new books to fill with my drawings, Opening up new pencils or paints and starting painting felt so amazing, there was something very special about that moment when you have an idea and it starts to come to life on paper.
- Jonathan Shepherd
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Style: naive and realism
Mediums: oil paint
My first experience would inevitably have been at school, I was lucky to have an excellent art teacher who really nurtured my interest in art.
- Karen Lawson
Style: abstract painting
Mediums: acrylic paint
I have always been creative, but like many spent my early years raising children and confining my creativity to the sewing machine, or providing my children with paint and not myself. When I first began painting six years ago it was like taking up an addiction. My hands shook when I first bought a ‘larger’ canvas and began to paint. I still get that feeling of excitement when I have a new surface and a new project is about to begin.
Now it’s your turn…
What was your first childhood memory of creating art?