Mama Mia, I should have thought about this earlier. Had I done so, I could have saved sheets of bond papers — which after all the doodle, scribbles and colors, soon turn to paper airplanes! (*total facepalm moment, their works must be displayed like legit, right?) Well, kids are kids and they play.
So I made a what I called ‘Freedom Sheet‘ for them. On these 90 x 60 cm white sheets, they can do anything they want; color, scribble, doodle, write etc. This is great, I’m assured the kiddos continue to practice drawing, PLUS, they maybe, (just maybe), can’t turn this into airplanes! Wee!
This is the first day for the freedom sheet. I told my nephews Andrei and Yuan to make their own ‘cartoon character’. And these are the results:
Super cute! I love the characters they did. It’s something I cannot do, really. With cartoon character concepts, I absolutely do rely on my nephews’ beautiful imagination.
Surely, the freedom sheet is big for kids and there are more spaces to fill. I’m excited for the final output! And I will still post here, in case the sheet becomes a giant paper airplane! 🙂
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou
Unbelievable but true! My with the kids almost-daily art sessions now becomes a collaboration. Woohoo! I L.O.V.E it. Working with kids, exchanging ideas, immortalizing it … such a wonderful experience, isn’t it?
One of the artists I follow MeriCherry, created a beautiful Make Your Own City project. I absolutely adored the activity: simple and kid-friendly process. For sure the nephews will like the project. I told Yuan about the idea — but he has something else in mind. He wants it to be (and he can’t even describe it accurately, so in my translation:) 3D-ish. So I get the idea, kid. Lezdodiz!
Pop Up City
We used (and we love recycling):
Old file folder
Card board (scrap cartons)
Thank goodness with the creative ideas of kids. Without ’em, I would have never thought of cute projects as this. They inspire me so much. Their smiles mean a lot to me. We’ll definitely create more. Collaborate. Too legit to quit. hayaaa!
May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. – Nelson Mandela
* This project is entirely from reused materials, which is the primary advocacy of this blog. We create with this in mind.
This activity is transpired by our previous art seshwhere our little artist Andrei pitched the idea of cartoon cut-outs. Good idea, kid. *clap *clap
In this post, I will show my nephew Yuan doing more cut-outs (he goes home from school earlier, that’s why). He borrowed Andrei’s cut-out as a template. I can truly feel this kid’s inclination to illustration. By himself, he starts tracing and he knows what to do. Although afterwards, he pushes the marker suggesting I continue the drawing (he got frustrated when he thinks his copy is not as good) but I rejected saying it’s best if he be the one to complete his artwork. Instead I gave a little guide/demonstration (showing him proper strokes and some tips on detail observation since he’s copying a model) and assured him he is doing the right way.
The beautiful result is this:
Wow!!! Good job, Yuan! Now, you know how to draw your favorite cartoon! I told my nephew. He was so delighted, he created more! Yeepee! 😀
Just when I thought it’s a wrap….we are not over yet. Someone’s lucky to make it to the day’s art sesh.
And I almost forgot, all I did in this art sesh was to cut out. That’all. And a bit of teaching. I I discovered kids learn so fast especially when they like what they’re doing and are also independent. But not with the scissors, I never let them (for now).
Hmmm What should we do next? better ask the kids… 🙂
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. – Margaret Mead
Here’s my story: In our family, I’m the only person ‘vocal’ about my inclination to the visual arts (I’d said ‘vocal’ ‘coz I know some in my family are talented yet they just keep it). Not only does my family hear me saying it, they see me of course. And so are my nephews. My little cute and energetic nephews see me…. and my crayons, pencils, paints, papers, arts&crafts tools etcetera. Oh yes, I love them but whenever joyful drawing sesh (session) turns to major kiddie-brawl (with my tools all over the place, yo), I kinda wished my art is a secret.
But I would never do that, IRL, ‘coz I feel I was born to do this, and when it comes to children, dear heaven, must find ways to make it disaster-proof. In this post, I will share my and le’ nephews journey to our successful art sesh + tips to make it work, peacefully! 🙂
*notes on photos
Every time my nephews come to the house with smiles ear to ear, I know it’s another art sesh. Most especially when they bring books or magazines with photos of their fave character, it surely is a ‘please-draw-me-this-and-that-this-and-that-that‘ time for me!
Way back, during my first few stints teaching the kids I tried to make it traditional. Teaching methods somewhat in school format. Ya’know like, ‘I’m the teacher, this is the lesson, listen to me’ type of instruction. However, it didn’t successfully work out (‘coz the kids wouldn’t pay attention to me, I was frustrated, they were impatient, we couldn’t snap out of it!). I realized for several reasons: 1st. they are my nephews not students,( and I should’ve loosen up a bit & treated ’em as former). 2nd. they see me as their aunt, not their typical school teacher. 3rd. they are kids who just want to draw and not to be lectured about the history of drawing (did I just do that? arhg!). 4th. they are kids, I repeat, they are KIDS, not aged enough for my cookie-cutter art workshop.
Thankfully, I learned my lessons and still improving. Now, our art sesh became student-centered nephew-centered sessions. It’s not what-I-want, it’s what-kids’-want / need. And we work it as a team. If the resources make it possible then we’ll work it out. If not, then we figure it out! True enough, they had fun, I had fun and WE all learn. We all are happy. ( Although, kiddie-arguments still present, it has become manageable and my patience, still intact. phew! )
When kids enjoy, there’s no room for a kid-fight. Just make sure they have individual tools so they won’t argue over it, in case, think of a solution (e.g. one kid use crayons first then other kid next) and teach them the value of sharing and give-and-take. For sure they will listen. Haizt!
Working with kids 7-up is fine but what about my toddler and kindergarten nephews, eh?
Important for me: I have to give them extra attention, supervision on the use of pencils (sharp edged tools), crayons (those they might swallow) and please keep scissors, cutters out of reach!! When it comes to drawing instruction, I just let them express what they want, usually thru scribbling and observational drawing. As well as keeping them engaged with the activity thru story telling (let ’em talk) and positive (genuine) affirmations on their works (wow! very good, nice!).
I truly adore kids’ innocence and charm. It shows in their drawings and the story they tell. How they love the cartoon characters, the TV shows and most especially when they happily talk about families. They don’t get tired on doing something they love. They are passionate about life, no qualms, just pure fun. And they love you back unconditionally. These are the things adult can learn and relearn from children.
Here are the kids’ output:
YEheeyyyyy!! Very good! :D. I’d say this art sesh is successful ‘coz we have achieved our objectives:
Kids demonstrate their drawing/sketching and coloring skills.
Appreciate art, of course!
Creative thinking! yey!
Kids’ output, wonderful!
This is our story: The kids and I love art! See you on our next sesh. 🙂