Forgeries, or encouraging creativity

There has been a good deal of coloring going on in this house lately. Whether markers, crayons, paints, or oil pastels the boys have been putting color on paper and creating their masterpieces at ab alarming rate. This period has seen some real growth in realism as Primo has a torso on his people now, not just arms and legs coming right out of the head. Segundo has started drawing cars that even have wheels on them, albeit right next to each other in the middle of the blob. It’s progress that comes from repetition and patience. I had an idea to find some pictures on the computer and have the boys recreate them on their papers and this has proven to be fun and really amazing to watch. They take a moment to decide if they are going to match the color or the design or both and then get started copying what they see in their own way. I hear this is how all great artist start, copying the greats. Segundo has little patience for it but Primo really gets into it and wants me to join in. He assigns me quadrants and checks my work at regular intervals. He’s a bit of a micromanager but hes cool with multiple coffee breaks so I can’t complain. In the pictures below you can see the original picture and the one that Primo and I made. This is a really fun way to incorporate art into play and I would highly recommend it for parents wanting to do something creative with their kids.

Original

Primo's Copy

  3 comments for “Forgeries, or encouraging creativity

  1. 11/21/2011 at 7:22 pm

    Great idea, and will try it with my kids.

    Our kids have really been into drawing the past few months also. The older 2 have been drawing “comics,” and the youngest tries to keep up. It’s really cute.

    I’d also recommend Ed Emberley drawing books. He makes drawing really simple.
    Joey Espinosa┬┤s last blog post ..Losing Privileges Can Hit You Like a Ton of Bricks

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  2. 11/23/2011 at 7:30 am

    We’ve been doing a lot of arts and crafts too.

    That’s a fantastic idea having them to recreate an image. Very nice.

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  3. 11/24/2011 at 7:39 am

    Primo has a future, Dad! He can do REAL forgeries for a fortune!
    Bruce Sallan┬┤s last blog post ..NEWS OF THE MOMENT

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