It has always been my wish that when I had children, they would be creative. Creativity is my passion, and doing creative things with my kids has been one of the things I have looked forward to in life.
So now that James is of an age where he enjoys doing activities together, I have been putting more and more effort in to setting up a house that encourages and supports creativity. In amongst the obvious passions for cars, trucks, balls, and generally being very very active, I was determined to find some space for visual creativity and mindfulness.
I must admit, I have to be in a certain frame of mind to open up the house and my art supplies to his experimentation (mess) but lately, I have seen it starting to pay off, and he is the one dragging me off to do drawing and painting now.
On a recent beach holiday at Noosa, I brought along a sketch book, some pencils and paints, and enjoyed the break from day-to-day distractions and technology to indulge in some creative time with James, with some lovely (to me, anyway) results.
I let him lead the way, which started off with scribbles, different lines etc, then evolved in to him asking me to trace various objects and toys, which then took over as the main goal. So I found myself filling our new sketch book with tracings around cars, trucks and paint palettes, which was unexpected, and at first I didn't really know what to do with it. But we had the best time working within those constraints to make new pictures, and drawings of the objects we had traced.
We were both happy with the results. It was something I would never have thought of, but letting him lead the way created such a fun project.
Now he seems to be enjoying this side of things so much, I hope to collaborate on more and more projects with him. So exciting!