I am bursting with ideas and inspiration lately. It feels really good. Creativity seems to be something that most of us strive to kindle, and have a hard time not pushing off, setting aside, shelving for a rainy day that never quite comes. Every day can be that rainy day, it really can. This is what I have recently learned.
Making art at night wasn’t working for me, so I started doing it in the morning, even while caring for Simon. I figure, role modeling the practice of creativity is definitely a good thing. He is at an age now, where we can even do it together. Who says he can’t finger paint while I watercolor? Why can’t we draw with crayons together- he on construction paper, and me in my sketchbook? What about having him tear paper for me to collage with? The more I think of ways to do this side-by-side creating, the more I realize the possibilities are endless.
Whether we are having artsy fun together, or I am just sketching in my notebook while he is building with blocks at my feet, when Mumma practices art it is good for both of us. He sees me pursuing a passion, and making time for it, which is an important thing to role model. Perhaps you have a different hobby or passion? Whatever it is, do it in front of your children! Let them see you doing what you love in life. The dishes can wait a little longer!
The Artist and Children’s Book Illustrator Mo Willems gave an interview with NPR a while back, and he said some wonderful words along these lines. I will share them with you now. I urge you to go to the link and read the whole interview, and listen to more clips from him, but here is a quote:
“One of the biggest reasons children stop drawing is that they see that adults don’t do it, Willems says. When he goes into classrooms, he says, teachers often ask him to get the kids to draw. But when he does, many of the teachers don’t participate.”Well, now the kids realize that this is just a baby activity,” he says. He reminds us that parents are actually cool in kids’ eyes — for a while — and kids want to imitate what they do.”If your kid comes home from school and you say, ‘I’ll be right with you; I’m just finishing a doodle,’ the kid’s going to go, ‘Dude, I want to do that, too!’ ” -NPR May 5, 2009