Many art centers offer drawing classes for children as part of their curricula. Since a primary purpose of art centers is promoting art appreciation within the community, they frequently seek to instill in children as young as 3 to 5 years old a love of drawing and other art forms.
The goal of drawing classes for children is to develop their skills through both personal observation and the study of artists and their work. Drawing with a variety of materials allows the students to learn about such elements as contour lines, gesture and color. Tuition fees generally cover supplies, and children who cannot afford classes often receive scholarships. Many local art centers work through local schools to reach children of all socioeconomic groups.