If you are scratching your head about what to give the budding young artist this Christmas, or for that matter, the person who has expressed an interest in learning about art but is reluctant to try, give art supplies. They will always be appreciated. A great way to introduce someone to the skills needed to handle a brush and paint is to have them try a paint-by-number painting. Many nice sets are available for all ages and skill levels, and some come with brushes, paint, instructions, as well as the numbered picture and a photo of how the finished piece should look. It might seem amateurish or simple, but believe me if someone is really interested in learning to paint they will enjoy one or more of these kits. For last minute shoppers I have found some very nice kits on the shelves at WalMart.
Gail Niebrugge, Pointillism Artist