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Encouraging Young Artists

Posted by Patience on April 14, 2009 at 7:19 AM in Patience
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Spring break is over and I am now counting the days to summer. I look forward to days of lounging without the chaos of having to be somewhere. The kind of days when you wake up and wonder what fun thing can happen because anything is possible.

I've done way too much internet roaming while my kids watch television lately so I decided I would try to dial in a little more during our vacation. I'm always amazed at what happens when I do anything the slightest bit intentional with my kids.
"I think I'm an artist mom." Josiah said. I listened as he listed all the things he wanted to create and try. We spent the week setting up a flickr account to keep a portfolio of his work. He made instructional lego movies with the flip video to upload to youtube. Hours were spent creating a new lego line of art (like the one above)
He carried his journal everywhere we went to work on sketches. We laid in bed and talked about what things to work on next and what classes he should take. We woke up every morning and checked to see if anyone commented online about his work. He couldn't have been happier.

I realized he needs this all the time. A constant flow and materials at his finger tips, the encouragment and documentation of his work and passion. It all fuels the fire of the creative mind.

Do you have any budding artists at home? What do you do to encourage them?


Amy writes...

I give them as much unstructured time as possible and good old fashioned play. not too much t.v. electronics or a garage full of motorized toys. instead as many sticks, mud, buckets, nets, leaves, balls, Legos (oh my, the Legos!), crayons, paper, scissors, string and imagination as we can handle. I'll never forget the time when Lauren was 4 or 5 and spent great time and diligence "decorating the tree" with leaves stuck in the bark. honestly, it was beautiful but perhaps wouldn't have come about without the things I've mentioned above. all those things plus attention and time. attention and time.

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