Thursday, March 11, 2010

Maisy Rainbow Dream

I picked up Maisy’s Rainbow Dream from the library with the visions of a wonderful StArt project that should follow it. We read many Maisy stories by Lucy Cousins over years, and I am sure many of my readers know her bright colors and short sweet stories. They are good for beginning readers too, and Anna enjoyed reading this book in the car many-many times. At some point she began to sing it instead of reading it. My obvious choice for the StArt project was making a rainbow as a sort of an opening for St Patrick’s Day next week.

Mar10_Rainbow_1

I really don’t know what made me think that my daughter might produce something resembling a rainbow. Probably I read too many blogs where children about her age somehow execute fairly complex structured projects and create spectacular art. My daughter has absolutely no interest in painting “like this picture in this book”, coloring anything or cutting along the lines. At least she doesn’t want to do it at home – her teachers Mar10_Rainbow_2 keep telling me that she is pretty good at “directional art”. Perhaps, but she usually brings home coloring sheets where there is nothing on the coloring page, but a lot of doodles on the other side. Did you notice the tongue that she stuck at me? It’s when I suggested that she paints a rainbow. After two pages of brown blobs I convinced her to keep the colors somewhat separate, and she produced “cherry-vanilla icecream with lemon drops and plums”. Well, it’s not a rainbow dream, but it’s her art, and she had fun making it.

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16 comments:

Kim said...

You are too funny! At least she's her own person - she'll grow up to lead, and not follow. I've learned (but often forget and get frustrated) to just expect the unexpected with Crumpet and try to enjoy the ride... :) I love her painting, rainbow or no.

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

What a great job! Even though it's not a rainbow - it's still beautiful & colorful like a rainbow! :)

Annette W. said...

We love Maisy!

What about using squares of construction paper to create a rainbow collage?

vanessa said...

I think her creation is far better than any rainbow! It's gorgeous! I love that you caught her sticking her tongue out at you!

Christy said...

We love Maisy.

As long as Anna likes to create something, who cares what it is?!

MaryAnne said...

Love Anna's face in that picture!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

At least you don't have to worry about Anna lacking independence! :)

Joyful Learner said...

I love her spunk! Reminds me of our daughter. Tee hee.

I love the colors and the composition of her abstract art! And what fun theme too! Personally, I think rainbows are so generic. We do them too for St.Patrick's Day but anyone can make a rainbow. Only Anna can come up with her own ideas! Love love it!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

That is so funny! Looks like she had a wonderful time. Besides, rainbows are over-rated, I think. ;-)

Ticia said...

I was all set to say congratulation on the end of "no crafts at home," and then I saw this sentence: Probably I read too many blogs where children about her age somehow execute fairly complex structured projects and create spectacular art.

And I just burst out laughing. At least you know that in my home the crafts don't always turn out well.....

Debbie said...

I agree with Kim, Anna is going to be a strong leader. I know it is disapointing when we think of a craft that our child might enjoy and be able to do, I've had many of those here too.

I love the picture of her sticking her tongue out at you! Let her create from the vantage point that she sees the world, that is what I have done with Selena, and just I have just let go of what everyone else is doing. Just my suggestion!

Brimful Curiosities said...

They all have their own interests. My daughter loves drawing and crafting, but if she isn't in the mood there's not a whole lot I can do. It works out much better if she thinks the whole thing is her idea. Cherry vanilla icecream with lemon drops sounds a lot more dreamy than a rainbow!

April said...

I can really see her imagination coming out of her artwork! I think its wonderful.

melaniet42 said...

Her artwork is lovely!! I've tried some directional art with my little one, but it's still above her level.

Jolly Green Mommy said...

Your daughter's artwork, was wonderful and definitely her own. There are many philosophies for teaching Early Childhood that tell you to give the child the tools and let them create on their own. That is exactly what you did, and it worked out wonderfully!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I'm totally in touch with this one. It's pretty rare these days when Tornado Boy wants to do anything artistic at all. Hopefully he'll be more open to it with time.