Thursday, August 6, 2009

Little Van Gogh

My child loves to paint!

And, I gotta tell ya it is a liberating experience to make art with a 3 year old. The messier we get the better, and it doesn't have to look like anything at all to be great art! The point is to just have fun, smear colors all around and mix them up. You can just call it whatever you want in the end and hang it on the refrigerator like the masterpiece it is!

So, this morning I took Carley to one of her first "real" art classes at a studio in McKinney. They have these themed workshops for 2-5 year olds and we chose to go to the Vincent Van Gogh class. Carley was very excited. We read her Van Gogh picture book before bedtime last night and got up early this morning to get ready.

The teacher was great fun and the parents got to sit on the sidelines and watch. There were only six kids in the class. They listened to a children's story about Van Gogh and his work, saw some pictures of his paintings and then learned about texture by making textures with play-doh.

After that they painted their own versions of Starry Night with acrylic paints. They titled their pictures and set them aside to dry during a little snack break.

Carley decided to call hers "A Dark Starlight Night".

.......nice silly face kiddo.

The second part was using textures again making a collage inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers. They tore their own construction papers and used glue sticks to put together their own flowers.

I seem to have an abstract painter/realistic collage maker on my hands here.

It was so neat to just sit back and watch and see what she would do under the teacher's directions without mommy's help.

Now we have two new masterpieces on our refrigerator. Great job Carley!


Tiffany said...

Great job Carley!

The older she gets, the more I think maybe Jeremy had NOTHING to do with making that baby girl, because she looks JUST LIKE YOU!

melissastumbo said...

I love her art!

The Brownd's said...

Carley is Beautiful!! and VERY artistic!! You must be so proud...and I definantly think her art is refrigerator worthy!! Hope you guys are doing great!