Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Prolific Toddler Artist
Right now he is LOVING the painting. I got the watercolors in little squirt bottles from Ikea along with some brushes and a smock and the kid has been painting on any piece of paper or cardboard he can get his hands on for two weeks. Best $10 I've ever spent.
He is so proud of his work, loves when I put it on the fridge door, and often tells me that he's making a particular picture for a family member or friend.
The thing is, he is also very prolific. He will pump out pages and pages on any given day. I don't want to be heartless and throw out his brilliant creative pieces - but man - that's a lot of art. Right now we are rotating the most recent ones in and weeding out some of the older ones. I think we will scan or photograph some of the most remarkable ones and keep a select few originals in a memory box.
It has been cool to watch his ability and dexterity improve as he practices. He really loves making circles. Sometimes he will add a tail to them and call them balloons. He also like to make very small and detailed symbols when he's drawing with a pencil or a pen - trying to write letters maybe? He certainly gets that from jb - who has notoriously tiny handwriting.
The drawing that has impressed me the most to date he titled "happy face sun." I can clearly see facial features: eyes, nose and mouth and he even made the "rays" coming out of the face. Not too shabby for a 21-month old.
Do you keep all your kids' art? Do you have a smart way of keeping/storing it? Have you just resigned yourself to letting a big chunk of it end up in the recycling bin? Found a cool way to reuse or gift it?