This past Saturday Jon and I took the girls to the Contemporary Children’s Art Festival in Honolulu.
In a word, it was spectacular. There were so many things for the kids to do!
As you can see from the photos, we hit the face painting and pottery table. But there were so many other activities…origami, fresh flower arrangements, dancing, “real” mermaids in reflection pools….and so on. Whole Foods and Starbucks were there handing out goodies too. It was perfect.
I admit I am obsessive with my kids artwork. I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine on this very subject. He is a fantastic stay at home dad who is homeschooling his 2 sons. He and his wife go above and beyond to give their children a stellar enriching education (traveling the world..social clubs, other languages), so I was surprised when he told me they don’t do much Art.
It wasn’t because he hated art, or found it unnecessary. It was because he was not comfortable with his own artistic ability, therefore he was unsure about a lesson plan.
I think many parents feel the same way. I can relate. Truthfully I cannot draw, paint or sculpt to save my life. But that’s why I love children’s art. It’s so liberating! They don’t care about depth perception, color schemes, or the laws of physics. Their creative process is based on how they see the world at the time and it’s beautiful. Also, I firmly believe a healthy creative outlet makes children stronger in other areas of academics. You can believe my son will have an extensive art program as part of his lesson plan when we homeschool next year.
So yeah…at the risk of sounding preachy get the little ones out there and create. Tear up colored paper for a collage, give them a disposable camera and let them take their own pictures at the next trip to the grocery store, go nuts with sidewalk chalk, give them poster paint and origami paper to see what happens…or give them their own blog so they can write their own poems/stories to go along with the pictures of their work. You won’t regret it.
There are so many ways for kids to create. I am looking forward to seeing what my friend’s boys create and if you want to share your little one’s work with me just drop a note..I would love to take a peek.
Have a creative Monday.