Today is a lazy October Saturday at our house, way out in a little town in Texas, USA.
I am about to start going through a book with the kids, that is a world renown tool of many art teachers, to develop artistic abilities.
You read a few pages, then do a simple exercise.
It’s been around since the late 70’s, and is called “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” (you can buy a gently used copy online for around 3 bucks.)
For approximately 10 dollars you can get a sketch pad, and a package of drawing pencils at Walmart (the pencils come in different graphite/lead hardness, that then has different look/effect when used)
So for around $15 bucks total, you get hours of fun, enlightening, quality time with your children, that blossoms into memories and skills they enjoy for a lifetime.
abstract painting called “Lazarus”
I believe that as parents we should spend as much bonding time with our kids as we can, because they grow up in the blink of an eye, and quickly become “too cool” to hang out with old people, like us.
I know from personal experience that art can have a healing effect on the soul (mind, will and emotions) and as we activate the same area of the brain where we process emotions, it actually helps the mind develop. So IF you or your children have experienced some kind of loss/trauma/pain, I encourage you to give drawing/painting a try.
Here is a link to a great article that discusses exactly how the arts benefit the development of young minds…
You can (with the help of the book I mentioned above) move into charcoal, and color.
You would be AMAZED at how a young person will let down their walls and talk to you, when you spend time drawing/painting/listening to music/cooking with them. These types of creative activities activate the same side of the brain where we process emotions, so the time spent doing these things with your child opens a door, allowing you to step into their world.
So whether it’s painting, drawing, or sidewalk chalk, get into your creative, sensitive, childlike state with your kids… CONNECT with them.
“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with a child’s eye— it’s very beautiful.”