There are lots of reasons to be grateful for my kids having a creative side. I love to be crafty, so I love the kids to be crafty too. It's awesome to see their creative talents mature year after year. And, to be honest, it's nice to have SOMETHING for them to do that doesn't always require adult supervision.
Of course, there are times when they get a little TOO crafty with glitter glue and a couch or something equally messy. I take the blame for that one.
Recently, the girls have taken their drawing/coloring/creating energy and kicked it up a notch. They've started drawing less in the abstract (read: scribbles) and more pictures of things they see happening around the world. Here are just a few of the hundreds of examples.
1. Sam's "Elephant"
Medium: Construction paper, tape, and black pen.
Created entirely by Sam, with no help from parents or sister. She's quite gifted with the scissors I must say.
2. Sam's "Mommy and me at the park" drawing
Medium: iPad meets finger
Sam is still in the drawing phase where people have arms and legs, but both sets come straight out of the head. Noses (and clothes) are optional.
3. Addi's "Crying Mouse"
Medium: White board and marker
Addi's newest skill is the "thought bubble" over all heads. This mouse is saying "AAAAAAAaaa!" while tears pour out of one slightly enlarged eye. Her people (and mice) have progressed to wearing clothes and having noses most of the time.
The girls love to color/draw pictures for me, so I bring some of them to work and proudly hang them at my desk. They keep my Grumpy sign company. I also use the "I'll take that to work" excuse to quietly get rid of a few of their treasures, so I get both decorations and peace and quiet at home. Win win!
Last night Sam gave me a new drawing to take to work. First glance it appears to maybe be a shout out to those in NYC who've lost their homes, a la the Statue of Liberty? Perhaps a nod to the Incredible Hulk?
I asked Sam to describe this piece to me so I could explain the amazing artwork to my coworkers. And she says, "Oh Mommy, that's YOU!"
"See? You are peeing in the yard."
Hmmm. This is definitely one where art is NOT imitating life.