I am glad to be able to join The Art Box this week again. It means that daughter was interested in independent art this week – something that I always welcome, but it doesn’t happen here often enough. Last week, however, was fruitful in both structured and independent art made with stickers, markers, scissors and glue.
I like it when Anna is able to tell stories about her art. This is the one that she brought from her preschool – she did it during their “free art” time. According to her, this is Halloween in winter, and all birds are flying south. The teachers keep telling us that she loves art in preschool and is always the first to show up at art time.
Her drawings became a little more “premeditated”. She tells the story as she draws – here she was drawing bones, muscles and joints in her hand, and the hand was holding her name. She also created “a plan for my room when we move to a bigger house” (which, by the way, we don’t plan to do). The plan had a bunk bed, many bookshelves and a mountain to climb on, a pretend mountain, of course.
This project started as making a present for her favorite stuffed kitty. A present was supposed to be wrapped and tied with the string. Once I gave her the string, she got other ideas and made pizza for kitty. It’s always interesting to see how her little mind works and how more complex creative ideas are born.
For more open-ended art by young children, visit The Art Box at Tired, Need Sleep.