Thank you to those of you who have joined and uploaded photos of your children's artwork to the Artful Kids Flickr group. This week I am introducing the first of my featured artists - hopefully the first of many, but I need more group members to upload photos if this is going to be anything like as regular a feature as I would like it to be. Remember the artwork (paintings and drawings only) needs to have been done by a child under 12 years old, and please make the photos as good as you can, since I can't really use poor quality images.
Fashion illustration, contributed by PrettyGoods, whose daughter Tess produced this work at the age of 11. I think she shows real artistic talent, and love her creative use of backgrounds.
If you would like to contribute your own photos to the group, the address is:http://www.flickr.com/groups/artfulkids
Out shopping for a present for my younger son's 3rd birthday, I spotted a toy in the Playmobil range, which made me do a double-take. It was a 'jewel thief' set, which came complete with security guard, thief, grappling hook and other suitable tools, museum display case, artwork and easel. Everything the aspiring young jewel or art thief needs to perfect their technique. I'm not quite sure what message this is meant to portray to the younger child which Playmobil is aimed at - in fact I'm not sure myself whether to be amused or outraged?! However, it appears to be part of a whole range of police, security, special agents and thieves - I suppose it's just art (or in this case toys) imitating reality - but how far do you take it at such a young age?