Halloween brings out a lot of creativity in children and their parents. Last week we spent an hour spreading the net on the bushes and hanging spiders, picking what to wear and decorating the mantel. In addition to all that I could not wait to make our fun and easy project. Continue reading A Tea Light Monster.
This is my four year old daughter’s creation. She spent approximately seven minutes on it, devoting most of her time to producing the right color of blue for the water slide. This is a water park, by the way.
I know a girl who painted President Obama in a striped tie when she was three and it was a pretty darn good portrait.
And you were so good at it! You doodled on the back of your paper, you drew a reindeer behind a couch as a surprise to your parents, you sketched every single day, wished for a set of super expensive watercolor… OK, I am talking about myself here. However, you might also have a story about how you painted a birthday card and everybody was amazed, or how you won a first prize at the high school art show… but your kid doesn’t want to draw!
What? Why? You liked it. Your friend’s daughter likes it. Why is your child not into it?
First of all, don’t panic. As frustrating as it might be, there are big problems out there and this is not one of them. You can still find ways for your child to express himself artistically.
- Use unusual materials to cover the surface and draw on flour, beans, sand etc. Kids can use fingers or palms to develop sensory skills.
- If your kid likes colors it is OK to give him water cups, brushes and paints. Let him or her create color mixes and use the opportunity to teach about the primary (yellow, red and blue) and secondary (orange, purple, green) colors.
- Unconventional ways to paint could be the answer. Utilize wrinkled plastic wrap, sponges of different shapes and sticks.
- Paint the leaves and print them on paper. You can make prints with coins, too.
- Make Rorschach blots.
- My son once used leftover coffee to paint; one of those times when he actually wanted to keep on going.
- Shaving cream art. I bought a few bottles at a dollar store and my kids regularly ask me to “make mess” with it. Spread some color on it, mix it, make swirls. You can see how we do it in one of my posts.
- Strings. Cut some thick yarn into not very long strings and let them doodle. See here how we do it.
Yes, to me it is still surprizing that my own kids are not fond of drawing but I try not to look at it as a flaw. They have other talents, I am sure; because I’ve never seen an unremarkable child. Ever!
The leaves are about to change, but we are still enjoying warm weather and play outside a lot. Spending time in the nature touches the strings of your soul and gives you inspiration no matter what you do. This week we have learned about the artist who spent one third of his life in forests creating his outstanding masterpieces. His name is Ivan Shishkin and, not surprisingly, he is called The Forest Singer. Continue reading Ivan Shishkin. An Ode to Beautiful Forest. Sponge Painting Technique.
Can sunflowers be any happier? No wonder they have inspired the imagination of many artists since 1880s. Even earlier, almost certainly; it’s just that when we think “sunflowers” now, we think “Van Gogh”. Continue reading Van Gogh or Not Van Gogh? Sunflower Power.
As much as I like to boss the kids around I do not always tell them what to draw, instead I want to fuel their creativity by letting them settle on the subject from time to time. This week we are doing the summer theme in watercolor. The kids have to decide what ideas deserve to be put on paper.
I fell in love with watercolor a couple of months ago. After watching a few tutorials on YouTube, I realized that we could have meaningful and productive relationship. The absolute musts for that though are good quality paper, good quality paints and brushes, and a right approach.
For this class I settled on a fun and seemingly easy project of painting a Nebula using wet-in-wet technique. Continue reading Watercolor Painting of a Nebula.
People were different a few centuries ago. They were less tall then we are, more violent, lived shorter lives and knew how to entertain themselves without iPads. During medieval times people became interested in riddles and quests for pleasure which I think is much more amusing then watching a public beheading. Continue reading Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Medieval Riddles.
If I have a chance to go to Japan I want to do it when cherry blossom trees are blooming. I can sing many praises to the uniqueness of the country but really where else in the world do you have grand festivals devoted entirely to the blooming of the trees. They are called sakura and not only are they pretty but they are also very meaningful to the people of Japan. Continue reading Hanami. Sakura Celebration.
They said Peter Carl Faberge died of a broken heart. He went to Switzerland after more then 30 years of being in demand as an imperial jeweler for the Russian Tsar. He was respected, rich and well known, had people working for him, lavish lifestyle and good relationship with Tsar Nikolai II. It all ended abruptly after the October Revolution of 1917 changed the course of the country and Faberge’s skills and ideas were no longer needed. Continue reading Faberge Egg Painting.
We had a rather gloomy Sunday last week. Nothing wrong, just some bad weather. My daugther watched cartoons, played in her room and finally came up to me with an eternal problem – “I am bored”. I had a bag of pompoms that was in the craft box since last year and they were exactly what we needed to solve it.
You can use an all purpose glue or something stronger. The surface matters only if you want to display the creation. I once bought the wooden cards for the class and since I had the leftovers, we utilized them. The 30 minutes of undivided attention have produced two small art works that I am proudly presenting in the post.
I have to say that the pompoms are a pleasure to work with, soft and fluffy, and perfect for the small hands.