Friday, April 5, 2013

Feather Art

The one art project I really wanted us to undertake during spring break was trying our hand at some feather art.  It's really popular right now (check out esty and pinterest) my friend Megan made some cool feather art not long ago and Vanessa has mentioned it.  That, and the fact that my kids are obsessed with their feather collection (which continues to grow in case you were wondering).  

We chose some interesting feathers, drew outlines with pencils and then water colored in the details.  
I don't usually draw or paint my own stuff when the kids are doing an art project.  Most often I'll give them some tips or maybe show them an idea and then let them go for it.  BUT, on this occasion I wanted to give it a try myself.

When doing art with kids how do you deal with the inevitable "But I can't make mine look like yours!  You draw so much better than me.  blah blah blah, whine whine whine."

I'm not some amazing artist, but I do enjoy drawing and painting and I am an adult who has had more practice than my 7, 5 & 3 year old.  (To be fair it was only my 7 year old who was whining about it, the other two just did their thing... which seems age appropriate to me.  At 7 and up a kid is getting more aware of comparisons and all that garbage.)
My response was "You're doing great buddy!  The more you practice the better you get.  At least try."  Stuff like that.  In the end he did try.
I guess I'm wondering; Does is hinder a kid or help a kid to paint along beside them?  Does it stifle their own personal creativity or give them ideas and techniques they wouldn't pick up on their own?  Does it just depend on the kid?
We did the feather art.  Bibs (5) is very proud of his.  And I think we all had fun for the most part.  I certainly enjoyed painting my own thing for the first time in a while.  Feathers are cool.
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