Art is fun :Absolutely Abstract

Beauty is  in  the  eyes of  the  beholder : be your own kind of beautiful!

I have  always  been  a  lover  of  abstract art.  I recently  found  out that  my  son  loves  to express his creativity through  painting  and  since  then  I   and  nurturing  his  love  for  abstract art. Many  people do not appreciate abstract art simply because they lack the knack for details. However, this type of art is very easy to understand. In fact, all you really need are your eyes and a vivid imagination. There is no wrong or right in what the mind perceives when the eye sees  what it sees.

I do not look at my son’s paintings with cursory eyes. Instead, I look at them with a deep understanding and appreciation for the young artist at work…… I see a beautiful work of art. Afterall, art is about form, colour, line, texture  pattern, composition and process, all of which are evident in my two-year old toddler’s paintings.

My two year toddler’s painting. What do you spy? I spy a ship.
My munchkin’s painting. I see an animal chasing a bird while jumping over a log. Open your eyes. Do you see it?

THE PROCESS

While  my  child  is  engaged  in  painting, I capitalise on this and use  it  to  teach  other  skills. These skills include identifying and naming colours,  counting, build  critical  thinking skills  as  well  as  help  my son to develop the life-long skill of responsibility .  However,  in  order  for  these  skills  to  be  learnt,  I  have  to  constantly  scaffold  my  son  during  the  painting  process. For example, I would occasionally  ask  him  to  name  a  particular  colour  paint  or  paint  brush that he is using. I would also point on colours and ask him which colour it is.  This  is  done  to  assit  him  in  being  able  to  identify  colours. I also  ask  him  to  count the  number  of paint brushes that he has  on  his  table when  its  time  to  paint. Additionally, I  always allow  him   to decide  which  colour  he  wants to  use  and  where  on  his “canvas” he  wants  to  paint. In  doing  this, I am nurturing his ability to make decisions which will subsequently help to harness   his  critical  thinking skills. I  also  do  not  clean  up  for  my  two  year  old  whenever  he has finished painting. I  simply give  him wipes  to  wipe  off  paint  that is  on  the  surface  of  his “easel” and  also  allow  him  to  wash  his  paint  brushes and  palette.  The  latter  is  done to  teach  him independence and responsibility.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Since  recently,  I  have  started  exhibiting  some  my son’s best  pieces.  I’m  pretty  sure  that  in  a  few  years  time he will appreciate this.  For all  the  parents  out  there,its  time  to  start  show casing  your  little  one’s art  pieces.  I  know  many  of  you  are  guilty  of  throwing  them  in  the  garbage.   I have also  created  a portfolio  to  store  my  munchkins  pieces.  I  have  even  framed  a  few  that  I now hang  in  my  house  much  to  everyone’s  delight  and astonishment  of  course.

THE GALLERY

Here  are  a  few  of  my  son’s art pieces from his art gallery.

 

 

My birthday gift from my son.

 

My Mothers’ Day gift from my son

 

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