Thursday, March 28, 2013

Colouring With Kids (dorky video included)




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 :)





19 comments:

  1. Oh Emily ... I love it! Can we come and play at your house? :) Have a relaxing Easter. I insist that you eat lots of chocolate x

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  2. That video is precious. Pippi's style of mouth drawing could really catch on! x

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  3. So sweet! I love that song, and your kiddies are adorable!!

    Happy Easter! xo

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  4. Super duper gorgeous.
    Creative expression is so incredibly vital and I too love watching my bub explore colouring and mark making. It seems not an hour goes by now that he doesn't do a little bit of drawing on whatever paper is at hand.
    I look forward to his drawing blossoming into art sessions like you and your bubs have.
    (Ps. When you're done exploding your students mind about art, you can send them to me and I'll explode their minds about the intricacies of typefaces and typography. Boom!)

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  5. delightful! love seeing kids creating. happy easter!

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  6. so true em, and so brilliant! I especially love pippi's fancy mouth drawing ;) x

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  7. This is so good, I love it. Will be popping over to take a look xo

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  8. Sarah's voice is the perfect soundtrack to this... just lovely! PS- that mouth coloring takes true talent! :D

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    1. Sarah's voice is the perfect sound track to EVERYTHING!

      xo em

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  9. love it! so excited it's going to be a creativity stills week! just googled for the uk and we do have a world drawing day but its only for primary scholls to enter....may just do it anyway and not enter but just draw and donate xxxxx

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    1. YES, go on, be an aussie for a bit and colour in! :)

      xx

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  10. I'm so with you on that one. I've just gone back after a most unpleasant year of battling the big C and it is like being in some magic colourful sanctuary. The kids are happy, I'm happy, I'm making, when I'm there I forget I was ever sick and just lose myself in the bliss. Visual art teaching may well be the loveliest job in the world!!!

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    1. Hello lady!

      I have popped over to your place a few times to check up on you after your comment on my big C post.

      I'm so glad to hear you are BACK and that there is magic and healing and forgetting :)

      Very happy!
      xo em

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  11. I love every single thing about this! xx

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  12. Lady Baby is so delicious. Enjoyed & inspired. Thanks, C.

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  13. Cute! Big colouring in enthusiasts here. Did not know there was an international "day" for it though!
    Such lovely music to that video, really sweet.
    x

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  14. Adorable and inspirational! I loved everything Boutbthus post, Em :) I am constantly thinking of ideas to introduce coloring to my 18 month toddler who wants to eat everything!
    Ritz x

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em