For Arts Sake

We spend a lot of time on art projects, inevitably they end up with painting. Like the one last week where I stuck a large sheet of paper to the kitchen floor and let them loose with felt tip pens. After the novelty of the pens ran out we used paint to colour in the dinosaur they created.

I love art, I spend a lot of time in art galleries and museums. In my free time, I chose to go and visit art galleries it isn’t a busmans holiday for me, I just love looking at all the different ways of expression the world has to offer. Some of the most memorable moments from when my and my husband first started going out where in art galleries. I can remember being literally stunned by the newly opened Tate Modern, showing him my favourite painting in the National Gallery and marveling at the Gauguin’s in the Musee d’Orsay. I’m keen to pass this onto my children in a fun way, yes they get dragged around lots of galleries. I can confidently say that Fifi loves the café in the National Portrait Gallery best of all. Boy likes running around the contemporary art in the Fitzwilliam, he is clearly keen on contemporary art.

It’s a frustration that my own art work is so poor, I am appallingly bad at everything other than technical drawing. However, I don’t wish to pass this onto the children. I am keen also however not to impose ‘rules’ in art work. For me, the most interesting thing is to see what and how they express themselves on paper. To this end I have only ever demonstrated how to draw things such as faces about three times. I have actively encouraged them to simply draw, scribble and make marks. My kitchen cupboards have paper covering them and I allow them to come and make their marks whenever they like. It’s up to them when we change the paper, and it certainly makes for colourful cupboards. This is one of Fifi’s latest creations, I think it’s starting to look like a person.

Fifi is the more expressive of the pair of them, she tends to scribble colourful circles and swirls. Boy is more shy at what he does, he enjoys making lines tentatively and poster painting, mixing colours and using rollers to fill the paper. However recently I have been leaving the Aquadraw mat out and have had some surprising insights into his mind.

We have an elephant.

Then a different alien monster with long elephant ears. Its all about being three somehow and totally undirected.

I love this artwork, it has an innocent feel about it. The only trouble is that I have cupboards bulging at the seams with little doodles and splodges!


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6 Responses

  1. Aussie Mum 6th December 2010 / 11:14 am

    I love these paintings and drawings – I too have mountains of artwork that I need to go through and try and organise into some sort of order "when I get some spare time"). Lovely to see them working together on their artwork. My two seem to compete too much to do much collaborative art work!

  2. TheMadHouse 6th December 2010 / 1:26 pm

    I think you know my opinions of this. I let the boys lose as much and as often as I can

  3. Spencer Park 6th December 2010 / 7:43 pm

    My daughter expresses so much through her artwork. She has paper, pencils, paints etc all over the house yet when I took her to see Santa the other day guess what she asked for?<br /><br />More art products!

  4. Mark 7th December 2010 / 12:38 am

    I have my children&#39;s drawings labeled and filed away. <br /><br />As they get older they will draw more recognisable but more cliched images. Save and treasure the early ones.

  5. icklebabe_com 7th December 2010 / 7:34 am

    Aw lovely blog…I LOVE childrens art work. The most uneffected view on a wobbly but perfect world 😉 Xxx

  6. Mummywhisperer 7th December 2010 / 9:45 pm

    Hubby insists on scanning nearly all our creations into the computer – then they are the scrolling wall paper for our family mac (which is also our tv). I&#39;m then a little naughty and I weed out the best ones to keep forever and introduce the others to a new home called the bin! After 5yrs if creativity from curly headed boy, I really had no choice, and now little dimples is at it.<br />But

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