I've been wondering for a while now what, if anything, I should be doing for my DD. She loves to draw, and usually spends an hour or two a day at work. She has been on a big ballet kick for the last year, year and a half--last year, she was drawing lots of dancers from Midsummer; then we saw a lot of Nutcracker in the winter. The drawings are a little less elaborate lately because she's been on a writing kick, but still very detailed--toe shoes pointed, details on the costumes, 3/4 angle faces. And occasionally something that's not a dancer, like a bed or house. She draws almost entirely in black pen; we have markers and crayons and colored pencils out, but she really just wants the plain uniball pens.
At what age does it start to be useful to do serious drawing classes? Is that something that's even beneficial? I don't want to push her or suck the joy out of it, or expose her to classes that push formulaic work; but I am noticing how much she loves ballet, loves having a separate teacher, loves the specific things she is learning, loves working hard at something, and I am wondering if I should be looking into something like that for drawing now rather than at school age.
I'd love to hear thoughts from the mamas here--on art, on teaching art and whether it can be/should be, and when, on how to handle artistic asynchrony especially.