Friday, April 29, 2011

The Art of the Matter

Funny story. Sophia has been making a lot of art/craft projects at school over the year.
This is just one weeks worth.
So you can imagine, if I saved everything since she's been there since August, I'd have a huge pile. And you must know how I feel about clutter/disorganization. So weekly, I pare down....recycle....part of her creations.
Unfortunately for me, she helped Russell with the recycling on Wednesday. She came in saying, "I found my art Mama". And I said "How did that get in there"?
Followed by her saying she didn't know. I suggested maybe it was our cat Mona, cause I couldn't bear to tell her I did it.
And she replied, "That's not nice. I want a dog".
Russell overheard the exchange and made me tell her I did it. I explained that there was so much art, we couldn't possibly save it all. She informed me that "That's not nice. That hurts my feelings. I'm not happy". I told her it wouldn't happen again. next time, she'll go through her projects with me and decide what to save.

So here are a few items I did save. Her mini- Sophia.

Her first attempt at a sunshine and sky.

Her first attempt at figurative art.....stick people.

I just love the different types of line she uses here. And this was her first day of pre-school.

More stick figures. She made about 20 pages of them.

Here, she told me a story that was going on. There was a dragon that was trying to get the princess and the queen. Can you see the dragon? It's the green blob. The queen and princess are the pink blobs.

More sun and sky.

Her scribbles get looser in some ways, but tighter in other sections. She's using different colors intentionally.

A dot painting she how she fills her space and all the colors she used.

As an art teacher, I've seen a million scribbles, but there's something so intentional and planned with Sophia's.

And this one just makes my heart happy. Her use of color and space is very unique for a almost 3 year old. I have some kindergartners who barely draw a stick figure, much less fill an entire page and with multiple layers/colors.
so glad she's in a full-time PK, with such sweet kids, in such a small group atmosphere with a fabulous teacher! We LOVE her teacher, Ms. Melanie.

Yes, I'm probably a little subjective when it comes to Sophia's art but I really have to say, I'm really impressed. She loves making things. She puts her whole heart into it. She can draw for hours, literally. I think I have an artist on my hands and I'll try to help nurture that as long as she's interested. I love this age!!!! And I love my Sophia. And no, we're not getting a dog any time soon.


Allison said...

Yeah, leave the dogs out of it. It is so amazing to see their interests so clearly at such a young age. It is clear that art will be an important component in Sophia's life. Something tells me she will get lots of opportunity to explore it and learn.

Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

Wow, I too recognize that most 3 years olds do not draw and color like that... she seems to have heart in her heart! I have seen where moms take photos of the art and add them to the scrapbooks- and would her work make one of those cool collage posters you can print at walgreens- maybe for her room or your classroom or the office- hmmm I'm have to steal my own idea :)

Dina said...

I can't believe your husband made you tell her that you did it! I for sure would have blamed our dog, or the Easter Bunny!

She is super talented! I have friends that take pics too of their kids art, and just save them that way.

Joanne said...

I framed a couple of Jane's early art and put it up in her room. It is super cute. I am with you though, you can't save everything! I thought it was cute telling her the cat did it. LOL!