Skilly-do ♥ Creative Early Educators - Keith Norval

22 January 2018

teaching artist angela lombardi

Today we’d like you to meet Keith Norval, an extraordinary art educator growing our kids’ creativity in Raleigh, NC. Here’s why Keith chooses to teach young children about art: “They always have the most creative ideas. I always loved art growing up and it is great to share with kids and get them inspired and creating.” Read on to find out more about Keith, his classes, art and passion for teaching. 

Keith (pictured here with his daughter, Ingrid) has been an art educator since 2004, when he began teaching with Artspace Summer Arts Program. You can find Keith teaching children of all ages with Raleigh's Wild At Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, as well in private lessons at his studio in partnership with his wife and fellow artist, Anna Podris. You can find Keith’s artwork in his Artspace studio in downtown Raleigh, at Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC and his website -


What’s your favorite type of media or art form that you like to make with children? And why?

I love to do plaster sculptures with the kids because usually they don’t get to do these type of projects at school because they take too long and are really messy! We usually build an armature of an animal using newspaper and tape, then cover it with plaster. When it is dry we add acrylic paint and accessories.


What is the most rewarding part of your work with children?

Seeing a smile on their face when they have completed a project they are especially proud of.


What advice would you give parents on how to encourage their creativity in art activities?

Always keep drawing and painting supplies available, take them to museum and art shows and sign them up for fun art classes.


What kind of art do you make for yourself?

My paintings are whimsical, humorous pop art. I mostly paint anthropomorphic animals using oil paint on canvas. My art is inspired by fine art, music and comic books.


Why did you want to teach young children about art?

They always have the most creative ideas. I always loved art growing up and it is great to share with kids and get them inspired and creating.


Feeling inspired?

Go 3D with one a Skilly-do Constructing activity! Find our more about the importance of preschool constructing experiences in our blog, Children’s Creativity Part 3 - Constructive and Dramatic Play.


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