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