Thursday, October 29, 2009

Oct28_Drawing_1

From time to time I attempt to offer Anna coloring pages, but she repeatedly rejects them. She is a lot more content to draw on the other side of the coloring sheet. This time I thought that it would be a good idea if she watches me color with crayons, since I am still trying to demonstrate to her that drawing or coloring with crayons or pencils is a lot more fun than blasted markers that bleed Oct28_Drawing_2 through the paper and make her hands “all painty”. While I was coloring my witch page diligently, Anna was busy drawing her hands and then doing some sort of complicated “connect-the-dots” of her own design. She proceeded to put 50 dots on the page (she counted them) and connect them with a line. Eventually she looked at my drawing and decided to contribute to it. She Oct28_Drawing_3 took my crayons and started to draw on the other side of my witch. It started as a sky and a boy with mad hair, then Anna changed her mind and said that the boy is in the purple bed (the purple lines represent his blanket) and he has a grass sheet and a rainbow curtain. I just love to see how her mind works, and I hope that we will see a lot more creative drawings over years with all kinds of tools – markers, paints and crayons.

10 comments:

Adriana said...

That sound a lot like D. He is not that into coloring pages but give him a blank canvass and he will go to town. I read somewhere that too many coloring pages discourage creativity so maybe our kids are on to something.

Christy said...

My children prefer to draw their own things too, and no matter how many different varieties (soy, triangular, crayon rocks, twist up, Melissa and Doug without paper on them, etc) of crayons I buy, they only want markers. C goes to school with marker all over his hands every day because he likes to draw in the morning. Anna can count to fifty? That is impressive!

Ticia said...

She can count to 50? WOW!
In the long run drawing her own pictures is a better skill than coloring someone ele's.

Susana said...

Joe will color sometimes, but mostly he's into drawing his own pictures too. He LOVES connect the dots--that is so cool that Anna not only made her own, but counted all the way to 50--super!

I think drawing on their own shows how very creative they are:-)--neither of my two oldest care to "color" that much. Good for Anna:-)!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Oooh I want a grass sheet and a rainbow curtain!!! Doesn't that just sound so pretty? :) She has such a vivid imagination - I love it! :)

The girl who painted trees said...

Your daughter is so smart (she can count to 50!) and creative. As a former art teacher, I think coloring books are more about fine motor control (learning to color within lines) than creativity and art.
Bear likes the drawings in coloring books, but is still at the scribbling stage in them.

Elise said...

What a creative mind and wonderful imagination to think of a grass sheet and rainbow curtain. If Anna was colouring in, her creative juices may have never taken her on this beautiful journey. I can't wait to see more of Anna's creative drawings.

Anna's witch in your previous post looks amazing. I look forward to seeing her Halloween witch costume. Judging by her beautiful little face under her witches hat, I think Anna is going to score big in the treats department this Halloween!

MaryAnne said...

Why color in the lines when you can draw such beautiful pictures? Anna really is quite the artist, and I'm very impressed she can count to 50. Emma only recently mastered counting to 10 properly (she adores letters but doesn't seem to care for numbers much). Emma also MUCH prefers markers over colored pencils or crayons - I think there's just something very satisfying in the way they glide across paper.

Eva said...

wow really creative! I love the rainbow curtain :) I wouldn't mind having one of my own!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I love her thinking processes and how she expresses her ideas. I agree with MaryAnne that the richness of colour makes marker pens much more exciting and rewarding for the artist. Maybe try oil pastels instead of crayons as they also have a richer colour intensity.