Monday, April 12, 2010

Apr7_Mouse It’s interesting to see how Anna’s abilities in art slowly unfold over time. She still mostly prefers doodling with markers over paper – sometimes telling elaborate stories about her squiggles. It’s about 50/50 now when she first doodles and then decides what it will be or when she sets out to draw something in the first place. The “planned” pictures are usuallyApr11_Coloring better, but smaller, for example, like this mouse in the picture above.
I always complain that Anna doesn’t like coloring, and she doesn’t color much at home. But she starts using more than one color in her artwork occasionally, and can color fairly well when she gets is in the right mood. My husband needed to get her started a little on this coloring page while we were waiting in the restaurant, but then she took over, and we were all surprised with how well she can color when she feels like it.
Apr11_People
This is my favorite mini-art from this week – people made with foam shape stickers. I showed Anna how to make a person shape out of a triangle and a circle, and then she made up a story about two girls who got sick because they ate flowers and went for a check-up to the doctor. She also enjoyed coloring their clothes and hair with various markers.
For more open-ended art, visit The Art Box at Tired, Need Sleep.

11 comments:

Eva said...

It's really neat when children make up stories to go along with their pictures :) I'm looking forward to when Aye does that. I like the idea of creating art with foam stickers too, think I'll try it out :D

MaryAnne said...

Anna's mouse is really cute!

Annette W. said...

That mouse is adorable! Meghan does not have that skill yet!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Well, the mouse is a masterpiece - what a little artist! I love the look on Anna's face in the last picture as she's coloring the sticker people she made - so cute! :)

Ticia said...

Hee hee, I'm with you that the foam stickers are super fun.

Autumn said...

I'm so impressed that Anna gave the veggies the right colors! It's interesting to see each child's different strong points...Tommy is very good at coloring in the lines, but he's not very interested in drawing pictures like Anna is. And when he does draw a picture, it's usually just random doodles that he later declares is a certain object. It's pretty funny. And you've reminded me that I need to purpose to pull the crayons and paper out more often. All this house stuff has given the boys lots of opportunities for free play, but not much time for things like coloring.

Debbie said...

That mouse is cute. I love the idea of using the foam stickers to show how to make a person using a circle and a triangle. That would probably not go over here, Selena would just see stickers and they would vanish.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Anna's face in that last picture is so cute - it really looks like she's getting a kick out of her own story - that's great!

Felicia said...

Love it!

Pathfinder Mom said...

She's doing great. The stories are such an added bonus, we rarely get those!

Kim said...

The mouse is amazing! She's doing great with the art work.