By Mantic Games
With many families still home schooling and half-term coming up in the UK, now might be the time to get your budding hobbyists into some painting. Thankfully Pathfinder (and teacher) Mat Green is here with some tips and advice.
One of the best things about our hobby, is its innately social nature. Whether we are playing games, discussing them, or talking about our painting and modelling, we generally do it with other people. One of the good things to come out of the last few weeks, is that many of us are spending a lot more time with our children.
Games such as Dungeon Saga and Star Saga have proved great hits with a lot of younger family members. My favourite thing to with my daughter, however, has been to paint. It’s great fun, so I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the things I have done to help my daughter learn to paint and maybe encourage a few more people to give it a go.
Before I start, while I am a primary school teacher, I don’t teach the very young children, and all children develop at very different times and in different ways. These are just suggestions of the things that helped me.
I don’t see any reason why we can’t start painting with children very young. If they are old enough to hold a crayon and scribble, they can have fun painting. I first sat with my daughter and helped her paint the week after she turned two. It was a great thing we could do together. Since these musings are based mostly on my experiences with my own daughter, they are really only aimed at children from two to about five or six. Obviously, you really do need to manage your expectations. The concentration span of a two-year-old is not long and to begin with, my only intention was for her to have fun.
The models you use really depends on the age and interests of your child. I found that a good starting point are the models that come as covermount ‘gifts’ on children’s comics. These plain white models are often cheap, large, and have big details. Themed around children’s characters, from CBeebies to Disney, they grab a child’s attention.
As they gain experience and start to enjoy painting for its own sake, you can move onto real models. Large and monstrous infantry, such as trolls and water elementals, are a good next step, with models such as the Dungeon and Star saga minions following on well. In particular PVC seems to be a very forgiving material for young children to use.
I hope that helps and encourages some more people to sit down with their children and brush. If anyone has any questions feel free to drop me a message at https://www.facebook.com/KingsOfHertsEvents/
Parent, Teacher and Pathfinder
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