Aha! Calling All Kids. When you were little, you made art all the time. Remember? Crayons, finger paint, poster paint, chalk, papier-mache, playdoh.You sang, you danced, you dressed up. Your imagination was your constant companion. And all your friends shared in your art. You lived in an artist's cooperative.
Everyone around you was supportive. Mom, Dad, teachers celebrated your work, saved it, pinned it up, stuck it on the fridge. You were a star.
Why does that have to be just a distant memory? Why can't you have that same spirit of creativity, brave exploration, open-eyed wonder... even for just 10 minutes a day?
That little artist is still in there, inside you. Get that kid some crayons.
Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays I set the timer for 15 minutes and we "do art". We get our inspiration from a number of different sources, but predominately from the books below.
For 15 minutes every day... just draw.
I have found it makes for a more settled boy if I give him time to just create, and because we have these lovely books for inspiration it takes the pressure off of having to come up with ideas on our own.
All these lovely books were sent out to me by Raincoast books.
PocketDoodles for Christmas. By Anita Wood.
642 Places to draw. Published by Chronicle books.
Art Before Breakfast. by Danny Gregory.
Doodle Your Day. By Anita Wood.