I love my fellow blogger-grandma friend, Debra. Each time I post a newborn grandchild announcement, she follows up her warm congratulations with a quip. "Now I suppose we won't see that child again until he/she is old enough to handle a paintbrush!" She calls those caught in the missing years "mystery children!" Oh dear. She's right, you know! Old (-ish!) art teachers never die, they just hang around cribs waiting until that paintbrush-handling day arrives - and then they pounce!
Kaylee, at two and a half years, has actually been painting and drawing for months at home with mommy and daddy. Clearly, this little lady is ready to join grandma's "art club" and expand her horizons beyond the ambitious mixed media "wall mural" she installed at home in the family room! What imagination! :)
We meet once each week for about two hours, just long enough for mommy to grocery shop with little brother. In that time, we finger paint, print with potatoes and practice cutting with scissors. Kaylee points to her paper and tells me where to place each color. Those are vigorously swirled into pleasing shapes and set aside to dry - a process that sometimes requires days to complete!
|Kaylee's "Purple Turmoil" |
(named it and reserved it to buy for myself!)
Some of Kaylee's work goes home with her, but most of it stays here for awhile. It needs to be matted, dated, and saved for the next cousin-sponsored Family Art Show and Sale. Those are strung any time an audience gathers. All it takes is a length of clothesline and a handful of clips! Adoring relatives supply everything else our eight little artists need (purchasing power and profuse compliments!).
What entrepreneurial spirits!
I've got another stash going, too. Just for this year. Each month I'll select a representative piece for a home made calendar that will become mommy and daddy's Christmas 2016 gift. We'll include photos too, recording both artistic and physical growth that's bound to see enormous strides in each of these areas!
What a year it's going to be!