Kids can be prolific little artists, can’t they? Sarah (4 years) can easily paint a dozen paintings in a single session. Her paintings soon pile up and I started thinking… what do we do with all this art? Is each piece finished after just one session? And how connected is she to her art?
I was watching Sarah paint one day and noticed that she was focussed and engaged while she was painting but then once the paper was full, she would unclip it from her clipboard and move on to the next piece of paper.
But what if I offered her paintings back to her the next day? What would she do?
So, I’ve started offering her paintings back to her along with some other art materials to encourage her to think more about each piece. Today I offered back some acrylic paintings that Sarah did yesterday along with glue, cellophane, scissors and permanent markers.
Sarah is definitely more connected to her art work now; she seems to remember a little of what she was feeling when she first painted the piece. Each new addition is quite intentional. Each artwork is unique. She is even starting to choose her own art materials and techniques to add to her work – today she painted patterns on a piece of cellophane and used that as a stamp.
We have a tray now in our art cart for paintings or drawings that are works-in-progress. What used to be an idea of paint…next…paint…move on has now become a much more intentional approach. That first painting is only the beginning.
Did your children create something today? Offer it back to them tomorrow with some different art materials and see what they do.