Thursday, September 20, 2012
ART WITH KIDS - Painting with my Boy
When painting with my son, I try to:
-not tell him what to create
-ask him thoughtful questions about what he is making and why
-point out different aspects of his work like the variety in thickness of lines, etc.
-talk to him about colors and mixing
-point out the color schemes he's using (I was totally impressed with a piece he painted a few weeks ago with only analogous color scheme - red, red-violet, violet), not to mention it was gorgeous
-push him to work and work on a page to get it really involved, not just one line and he's done
-paint with him, with his paints on his paper
-sometimes I'll outline a shape and ask him to color it in
-not mind about him getting too dirty. After all it's just watercolor/washable markers. If I'm worried about his clothes, I have a smock for him to wear, or I take of his clothes -- as you can see in these pictures :)
-sometimes ask him to help me create a new animal/bug by adding arms, antenna, heads, eyes, etc.
-add layers to his paintings. Once they're dry, we'll go over them with another color
-take his finished paintings and cut them up or makes something new. I've made envelopes, envelope liners, thank you cards, invitations, etc from his artwork