So, I’m REALLY Bad at art. Like, so bad that I was the only kid in school who did not think their elephant painting was good. I knew it sucked. If you think I’m being self-depricating, check out my recent drawing of Spiderman and the Green Goblin below (insisted upon by Max). My husband asked me why they’re rapping. I don’t know the answer to that.
My 3 and a half year old, on the other hand, really likes doing art projects. So I’m trying my best to work with him. I actually love the idea of doing projects, I just suck at the execution. Now, I use the term “project” loosely, as these undertakings often end up with us sitting down, setting up paint, water, paper, and brushes and he:
a) Piles the various colors of paint on top of each other into a brown blob that rips a hole in the paper and leaks onto the table (IKEA table & chairs – the best $19.99 I’ve EVER spent http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50178411/)
b) Paints his inspiration onto the wall behind him – what we’ve now designated the “art wall” (if we make it sound purposeful and creative, it’s not actually ugly blobs of paint that we’re too lazy to wipe off).
c) Spills the water everywhere so the project amounts to us wiping up dirty paint water and wasting a lot of paper towel
Nonetheless, every time we paint it’s a nice chunk of time doing something quiet, creative and together. And we always laugh. (Max told me today I “don’t draw things in the right place”…yah that’s one way of putting it). So, I’m trying to learn other cool crafts we can do.
My mother in law is something of a master in the craft arena, but I just never think of these ideas naturally. It’s just not in my DNA. I have other talents (maybe) but Van Gogh/MarthaStewart I am NOT.
So, I decided to start from the beginning. I bought a pad of construction paper which, kindly, actually includes instructions on what to do with it – genius. We also bought glue and kid scissors. And we did the most basic project – make a chain of “dudes” (that’s what we called them) and color accouterments on them such as eyes, ears, smiles, and of course, a Batman & Robin.
The result ain’t pretty but It was really fun. We might almost be ready for step two of crafting – tissue paper? Clay? Rubber cement I can sniff and make booger balls with?