As a Visual Arts teacher there are few things in the classroom that give me more pleasure than seeing kids create and watching their eyes widen as they learn.
Tell a class of high school kids that Van Gogh chopped off a section of his own ear to send to his lover and you can literally hear their jaws hit the table. Art is like that, it's exciting, rebellious, rule breaking stuff. There are no wrongs and nothing is too outrageous.
The thought of engaging my own children in any kid of art making is equally exciting. I love to see their lines unfold on the paper. To watch a rugged circle become a portrait or witness the blending of primary colours until they form that classic shade of brown.
Children are blessed with a glorious, uninhibited creativity.
Recently my kids, Lauren Merrick and I sat down and committed some time to creating an artwork for World Kids Colouring Day. Together we made outrageous lines on great quality paper, we dipped brushes in liquid and watched the water colour pencils work their magic, we let textas overflow and added waterproof fine liner as a finishing touch.
I'd love to encourage you to do the same. World Kids Colouring Day is on the 6th May and is such a wonderful opportunity to get your kids colouring to help disadvantaged kids in Australia. If you're a parent, teacher or colouring in enthusiast, head over here for details.
Why not get out the crafty cuts over the long weekend? If you do, This weeks Stills Collection will be all about kids creativity so you can link up your colourful posts there!
If you're stuck for ideas, check out some of The Infinite Possibilities?
Have a truly beautiful Easter long weekend :)