I teach an art class. I've had 14 kids since the first day - all homeschoolers with attentive, eager minds. Their ages range from 10 to 16 years old, and they're great. My favorite thing about this class is how interested the kids are and how much potential they have. It encourages me to see them involved with art and already honing their skills. There is so much I can show them.
Throughout my elementary and high school years, I had helpful, encouraging art teachers, but the learning was up to me. I taught myself a lot of what I know by drawing all the time, by reproducing on paper what I saw in life, comic books, and cartoons. By college I had a style all my own and had learned enough to teach others. My greatest teacher was practice, but I wouldn't have gotten that far if I hadn't listened to constructive criticism from those who knew more than I did.
What I hope for with this class is to teach them something useful that stays with them into the future and helps them become better artists. The best advice I have for them is to keep drawing. Draw as much as you can and learn as much as you can about drawing. (There are plenty of books on the subject.)