There is truly nothing like teaching a child. Every thing that we do has the opportunity to teach them something. This past weekend we took our budding artist to spend an afternoon at a Via Colori® event that was happening downtown. He, like his Mom, has an affinity for all things creative. He loves art; drawing, coloring or painting everything he can get his hands on, and then begging for things we won’t let him have. I knew this event would be a great chance for him to see real artists at work, see the amazing creations that the imagination can bring to life.
As suspected, he was completely enthralled! We spent several hours that afternoon walking through the streets looking at each piece carefully, discussing what really caught our attention, then looking deeper into the piece for things that didn’t stand out at first glance. This piece (above) was one that stood out immediately to me, because of the fact that it is such a great example of what you can do with color and lines. From light to dark and thick to thin, there are so many artistic elements at work here. It was the perfect piece to help him visualize the variety of things that can be done.
After browsing for a while, we decided to take a break under a nice shady tree. Our little guy was quickly busy with his own project. We enjoyed watching him work and the look of pure excitement on his face when we told him how much we love his pictures. In the past couple of weeks, his ability has improved immensely! He went from drawing stick figures that you could barely recognize, to putting actual body parts (arms/legs) and even shoes on them. It’s so fun seeing how he grows and but scary that the changes can come so quickly.
Like most moms, I’m afraid I’ll wake up one morning and all these precious days of youth will be behind us. So that is why we took a full day today to grab all our art supplies, throw a blanket on the ground in the front yard, and just CREATE (memories)! We painted, colored, drew, played, tickled, laughed, had a snack, and even had a short nap in the sunshine. We had so much fun that even Dad ventured out for a few minutes every time he had a break in work. Days like these are what keep us sane, remind us why we chose this path, and bring us all closer together as a family. THANK YOU GOD 🙂
Click here to see a full photo gallery of some of the amazing art created during this year’s event Via Colori® Fredericksburg 2012