How would you support and encourage a 13 year old kiddo who is into drawing but untrained so far? They are my foster kid and will be with me for a long time, and I’m happy to pay for classes or whatever. They are definitely interested in cartoons, especially Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, and Gravity Falls. But they tend to draw a blend between an anime art style and realistic portrayal.
I’ve already done the normal thing of getting high quality paper, pencils, colored pencils, etc. I think a class is a good idea, but I don’t have any idea how to find/evaluate a good one. I would like to encourage narrative comics or zines, I think this kid has stories to tell. They’ve been heavily discouraged to express themself in former, more traditional foster homes.
They are in a suburban school now with absolutely no art (or music) program, but I’m trying to move them asap to a better school.
In Portland if that helps. LGBT identified if that helps. I’d love your suggestions!