November 19, 2009
Thing 1 is going through a “House Period” in his drawings. Yesterday he drew my house, my friend “Nuna’s” house, my mom’s house, my brother’s house AND my imaginary sister’s house (being that I don’t have a sister, but he wanted to draw her house anyway, even though she doesn’t actually exist). Whew. The drawings are pretty awesome and kind of remind me of Paul Klee a little bit.
My friend “Nuna” and his “switching socks.”
November 16, 2009
Here are some of the results from Thing 2’s experiments with the Go Paint markers. They’re a huge hit – he loves them, his parents love that he’s learning to write ON THE PAPER and his brother… covets them. We’ve explained that they’re “Learning Markers” and that Thing 1 doesn’t need to learn, he already knows how to color on the paper, which helps. There’s nothing that can be done about sibling rivalry or Thing 1’s urge to direct all parties as his assistants in art creation (even if it is not *his* art that is being created), but the actual markers are working really well and the rest of the process will continue to get the kinks worked out over time. As you can see, the process currently involves my demonstrating that the marker draws *on the paper* and Thing 2 picks up on his own pretty quickly.
In case you were wondering… yes. The markers *do* bleed through to the other side of the paper.
The two big downsides to the “Learning Marker” genre (this holds true of Crayola’s Color Wonder markers too): #1) You can’t mix colors. #2) The drawings smudge over time. Here’s the same drawing a day later:
October 21, 2009
Wensleydale Wednesday has a guest artist this week! This drawing (which did include the “e” between the l and the y, but it got cut off in the attempt to capture it with my iPhone) was done by Thing 1! And it was all his idea! He asked me if he could write my cat’s name. My “fat cat’s” name. Her reputation precedes her.
He then asked me if he could write her last name. I didn’t want the poor kid to burst a blood vessel trying to spell “Quadrilateral,” so I just told him that cats don’t need last names. There’s a lie. It’s ok, Wensleydale Archipelago Quadrilateral, I know you have a last name.