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The artist(s) in the family

January 28th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I am holding a very nice crayon drawing of a flower.

JC traced a mirror shaped like a flower, then she shaded it..really with crayon. IT has dark 'highlights' on the bottom of the leaves, and a line through the stem that sorta makes it look more real. Or at least like real art anyway.

Kinda neat, since I have no artistic talent I am often amazed by little things.

GMC meanwhile did a self portrait...with orange skin. and a miniature head compared to the rest of the body, first glance it looks like a cartoon of a shrunken head skit or something, and he comments 'I made the feet really big I guess' whitch is true, about as big as his legs, but still goes to show what a kid thinks of. The body is also a box, nearly perfect square, fingers are lines. cute picture. (JC did one earlier, her head was huge, almost as big as the rest of the body combined, less boxy)

Yesterday while working on valentines I had two thoughts.

1. UE is cute, he made a 'valentine Clementine'. because when he tried to cut out hearts they looked more like clementines (the look like scraps of orange paper really, but hey why not)

2. When do grown ups cut? When was the last time you needed to cut a shape out? I iumagine scrapbookers, and of course teachers of the very young do quite frequently. BUt my husband in computers, as far as I can tell only opens packages, or cuts labels. No fancy shapes. And looking at the jobs of all the folk I know....no special need to cut out hearts or lions in the computer field, pastors, grocery work, baking, electrical repair, medical records, nurses, masonry, ...

You get the idea. Cutting is not really much of an adult skill (unless you work with small children) So why does it bother me that my son is subpar in that area? (though improving with all the heart practice he is getting this week)

5 Responses to “The artist(s) in the family”

  1. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    I'm not an early child development expert but cutting with scissors is one of those landmark skills.

    And yes, having a home crafting biz makes for much cutting out (mostly for displays, tags, promos, etc). But I still do with my school age kids. My 5th grader has an assignment for a State Report and must make a 'doll' representative of the state. There we cut...

  2. nanamom Says:

    Don't think at age 3 he is behind with his skills quite yet. He'll bet that fine finger motor control soon enough. Oh and save those drawings or better yet get a picture of them, I know someone who would like to see them. Be sure and date them! That way you can astound their future spouses with their early abilities.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    DF and I screenprint, so we are constantly cutting things out! with scalpels though, but still cutting!

  4. PrincessPerky Says:

    Not the 3 year old the other one. But unless he pursues a career in early education or crafting/art I figure he will be fine regardless.

  5. nanamom Says:

    I suspect He would be the key word there! Try him on cutting out a dragon or a sword, bet he'll be better at it!!

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