In a world of electronics, I continue to be academic and artistic. I’m promoting the same values in my children, though I have to tread gently….
I’m home every day. A day with the kids doesn’t mean “I get the kids”; rather, it means that they don’t leave. Most days they do because of school; however, with the strike continuing here, they had the day off yesterday. With my wife out working (as she always is nowadays), I had to keep them entertained. What was I to do?
The kids have a video game system, but I decided they wouldn’t be playing it. Instead, they would do creative, artistic things. After breakfast, I mandated that we would each draw a portrait. Each of my sons was provided a stuffed animal whose portrait he should draw. I didn’t expect my kids to go for the idea, but with a little urging, they happily set to work. The portraits appear below.
I often wonder about the developmental benefit of drawing. I know I didn’t do much of it as a kid. At age 40, I had to struggle to learn how. My first face took me four months; now, I draw one in about half an hour, often from memory. The brain certainly does change as a result of drawing, so I think it’s a good activity – especially for kids.
Regarding drawing portraits of stuffed animals, I’ll quote Geroge Michael: “Not everybody does it, but everybody should.” While I (mainly) draw human faces, I find my children prefer stuffed animals or cartoon characters as subjects. Then again, children are known to perceive more than adults can.
It’s now the 21st: the first day of summer. At quarter to ten pm, the temp outside is a chilly 12°C. It feels like a pleasant autumn night. We’re at dusk now; we won’t reach darkness for another half hour or so. That’s how it is at 50 degrees latitude on the longest day of the year:)
Thanks for dropping by; I hope you come again soon. Here are the two portraits of stuffed animals that my kids drew yesterday morning.