Lainey, my six year old is an artist. She loves drawing, painting, coloring and making crafts. And she’s always been that way. I could say she gets it from Eric and me, who both like to draw, but she really seems to have a love of creating that we cannot touch.
About a year ago, if you would ask Lainey what she wants to be when she grows up, she’d say an artist and an illustrator. But now she just says, “an illustrator, I’m already an artist.” Go on girl! I love her confidence. She’s spunky, but quite right. She really is an artist just because she says so and Lainey won’t hear anyone trying to tell her different. Believe me, we never tried. Instead we do all we can to make sure she has ample supplies. Then we comment positively on her work and encourage her to keep learning.
Recently, we took it a step further and signed her up for an art class. She absolutely loves it! I get so much joy from her excitement about class. Nurturing this early identification of a passion is exactly what I’m trying to do. As soon as I can I’ll enroll my other two children in whatever makes them happy. But I’m not ever going to force them to do something like this; I want them to know I support them and I understand how it feels.
Seeing Lainey progress isn’t the only benefit. Sometimes, she invites me to join her. At first I tried to hold back, but Lainey said, “Aww, Mommy. You know folding those clothes is going to be bor-or-ring! Come paint with me and see how good it feels.” So I took her up on it one day and she was right! I love stroking the brushes on canvas and mixing colors! Very theraputic. Now I’m clipping coupons and heading to the craft store to get more canvas, which is suprisingly cheap.
I’ll leave you with a piece that I painted at our last session. The kids told me what to draw. Our palette consists of black, red, yellow, white, royal blue, aqua and dark green. Lainey is great at combining colors and she instructed me on how to make brown and then, at my request, she mixed red and white to create the perfect pink. Lainey, Lauren and Orion all painted the background. It was awesome!