Thursday, May 7, 2009

We Heart Art!

Sometimes as a busy mother of four young children, I'm in such a rush to get through the day in one piece. I rush the kids to get dressed in the morning, I rush to get them to eat breakfast, I rush them out the door to drop the big twins off at preschool....rush, rush, rush. I also tend to be a perfectionist. Unfortunately, through all this rushing and perfection, I sometimes miss out on special opportunities to see the beauty of the world as my children see it.

My children create art all the time, though sometimes I fail to see it as art. I'm talking about the beautiful chocolate pudding fingerpainting all over our kitchen sliding door.....tiny chocolate handprints everywhere. Some of the walls in our home are covered in permanent marker...smiley faces, tracings of hands and feet, and practicing writing their names. And of course there's the princess stickers all over most of my kitchen cabinets.

Sure, most people might not see that as art...I certainly didn't. But my kids did....they were creating something that their little minds had thought up. No big deal to them that it used to be my unmarked clean family room wall, or the perfect handprint-free sliding door or the clean, unmarked kitchen cabinets....they saw all these things as canvases that needed to be beautified.

And when I get look at it from their perspective, I find myself smiling. How could I yell and become angry when they run up to me with huge grins while saying, "Mommy, come see our fingerpainting"....as they drag me over to the sliding door?? My first instinct, as a perfectionist always in a hurry, is to groan and roll my eyes and start yelling "go get the Mr Eraser quick before all this dries". But for some reason, I've stopped doing that....I've come to learn that their childhood goes by quickly and I really need to appreciate their creativity and, of course, I want to encourage it. Yeah, it would've been nice if the "art" had occurred on a blank piece of paper but then that wouldn't have really been creative, right?

I have a suspicion that there are others like me out there in the world; Moms, Dads, aunts, uncles, or grandparents, who have budding little artists in their midst. Or, perhaps it is something else entirely, maybe you are the artist, creating and pursuing ideas of your own. Whatever the case may be, we want to the artwork in your life.

Together with Domestically Challenged and Three Bay B Chicks, I will be hosting a week long Art Appreciation Week called “We Heart Art.” The purpose? To promote art and being creative both with your kids and as individuals.

We Heart Art begins today and ends next Friday, May 15. During this time, all three sites will not only feature posts about how to get your creative juices flowing, but we will also be hosting a carnival (via Mr. Linky) which will allow you to feature your artwork and/or your kid’s creations.

So get your posts ready! We will have two categories for entries: one for kids, ages 0-16, and a second for adults, age 17 and older. The entries for the carnival can be anything creative. Some examples might include:

For kids: A drawing, painting, or sidewalk chalk creation, a video of themselves explaining a piece of artwork, singing, or playing a musical instrument, something they created in the kitchen, or an example of their writing, e.g., short story, poem, etc.
For adults: A drawing, painting, or a video, something you created on the computer or in the kitchen, an example of your writing, e.g., short story, poem, etc., a sample of your scrapbooking, or art that you created as a child.

Need more suggestions? Hop on over to these creative blogs. Ideas, tips, and insights are never in short supply: Tip Junkie, Today’s Creative Blog, Toddler Craft, and I Blame Mom.

Oh, and like any good carnival, we will be featuring tons of prizes, which we will reveal on Monday, May 11. Separate goodies will be awarded to both kids and adults.

We hope you will join us over the course of the coming week!

28 comments:

Jennifer said...

What a cool idea! I'm all for art! I wish I could submit something, but the Monkey can't even manage to keep food in his mouth, let a lone hold a crayon... maybe I'll take a picture of the food that falls out of his mouth and onto the floor?...

Creative Junkie said...

What a fantstic idea, Helene!

I'll have to dig into Helena's stash of work and see what I can come up with.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Such a lovely, lovely introduction Helene. I just adored the way you described how fleeting childhood can be. You are a wonderful writer!

-Francesca

Onna@toddlercraft said...

Can't wait to see all the great artwork!! What a great idea!! I am excited to share this with my readers!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

We're up!! Yay! I need to see some pics of those princess cabinets. I need some •*Fresh•* ideas for my kitchen!!

Alicia said...

I'm excited about this carnival!!!

Jessica said...

What a great idea! I just LOVE getting Caden's drawings and paintings and such from daycare, but it also makes me a little sad that I am not the one getting to do it with him every day!

newlyweds said...

How fun, I need to put my thinking cap on for this one! I know my babes are a bit young for really "creating" art. But we can try. Last time I tried to get them to draw with side walk chalk, they ate most of it, lol.

Kathy B! said...

I think this is such a fabulous idea! I'm so glad you three are encouraging us to embrace the art the children create for us. Sometimes the sheer volume of it makes us take it for granted!

Cher said...

Just wanted to say Hi! I found you via the Mom Bloggers Club Follow Me Group. I am now following you! Stop by my site when the get the chance! I also have a lot of giveaways going on!

Karen said...

That sounds like so much fun! What a great thing you are all doing.

And I love what you said about how much differently kids view the world. They're so innocent in their approach to things that it's hard to be mad at them when they are being creative and are proud of themselves for it.

Cheryl Lage said...

Ooooh we heart art, too!
What a great idea! :)

MamaHen Em said...

Okay, I don't think I will EVER see the fingerpainting on the door :) as art, but yea for you for doing so! :)

This sounds like so much fun! I can totally manage actual drawings, paintings (outside on the deck of course - paint, in my house??!!) and sidewalk chalk art! What a great idea!

Mrsbear said...

Sounds like fun. I've got oodles of kid art. Some of it is even on paper. Great idea.

Mommyof2girlz said...

Stopping by from the MBC Followers Club to follow and say hi! Love the name of your blog..made me giggle :)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love this idea. Does the mural Baby Girl did in crayon on her bedroom wall count? The whole wall.

Nancy said...

Knock on wood but I've yet to have any of my kids write on anything but paper! Crossing my fingers... maybe they're just not artistic? :D

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MommyAmy said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one, but art SCARES ME! lol I suppose not the art itself, but the mess I know it will involve.

I'll give it a shot though!

The Mother said...

Thankfully, my kids have outgrown the proliferative art stage when they presented me with thousands of drawings a week. My circular file is no longer full of the toils of my art-challenged kids.

Now I get emails with snippets of writing from my Goth, who has decided to be a writer. I'm not sure it's a good idea to be inside of the head of your 15 yo son, but it appears I find myself there.

Heather Happymaker said...

Good for you. Art is more important than people realize. It can be a refuge as well as a means of expression.

twinmama said...

This sounds like a lot of fun! What a great idea!!

twinmama said...

BTW - Can I submit a picture of the girl's little wooden table? They have take the "liberty" to make it colorful since it is plain.

Jen said...

what a great idea. I can't wait and would love to join in but I am confused as to how?

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Great Idea! Happy Mother's Day!

Erna said...

What a neat idea! We post about our artistic endeavors from time to time. We have secured many treasures made by the hands of our little ones. :0)

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