I was looking at my last blog post and it reminded me of the time I left my 4 year old at the table with a loaded paint brush and a nice piece of watercolor paper. I have no idea what I was doing, probably picking up or chasing after her little sister. When I came back in the room this picture is what I found. Quickly I tried to get it away from her before she decided that it was dark out and covered the whole beautiful thing with paint.
Project: set your kid up with one or two colors of paint, not every color under the sun which we all know will end up some unattractive shade of greenish brown. If they are in the zone who knows what they will come up with. In my experience this kind of creativity ends at around age 6, around kindergarten when there is too much literal thinking.
Art was something that we did a lot of in the couple of years that her younger sister was on a regular nap schedule and Skyler was still in 1/2 day preschool. One of our best experiences was doing the Open Studios at the art center in our town. We would go on Saturday mornings and I would be her helper, loading her brushes, washing them off, helping decide what to do. I don't do all the little things for her anymore. She's in charge of her own set up and clean up, but at the time this was a great way for the two of us to connect through art.
The below gallery is from one of our best experiences at the art center (Artcie Studio). Skyler was 4 years old.