Friday, April 26, 2013
Painting with Oscar
Oscar is 2 and a half. Generally he has a very short attention span – occasionally he will play happily, for a long period of time, alone with his trains, cars or lego. However if I give him a set task, it doesn't always last too long, painting included. Here are some simple tricks that I've found help with painting/drawing and other creative pursuits.
I don't focus on the product. It's about the process. I've learnt never to expect Oscar to make a 'frameworthy' or even fridgeworthy artwork. If he only wants to paint with water and watch it dry then I let him. Ditto if he feels like sticking every single sticker on top of each other or ripping the paper up. Sometimes he simply likes to watch the water in the jar change colour as he washes the brush. Which of course leads to discussions of how yellow and blue make green.
In the picture at the top he simply painted the entire page brown and announced "It's the garden mum". Yes, our garden does contain a lot of dirt!
We work side by side. This is how we paint most of the time. We discuss what we are painting and colours. I generally keep it abstract and messy so as not to cause discouragement by comparison. He concentrates for longer when he has a buddy to discuss what he is doing.
Read a book first. Then keep it open for inspiration. Oscar loves doing this. Current fave book to paint is The Little Red Hen.
Expect mess. Embrace it. Yes, occasionally an art session has ended in impromptu body painting. I try to be prepared to chuck as all in the bath afterwards!
Mix it up. We have a couple of different types of paint in our cupboard – pictured above is a watercolour palette from Ikea, but we also have goopier, messier paints ideal for finger painting or stamping. Sometimes we just use crayons or textas or pencils. Then of course there are play dough sessions, a love of scissors and tearing, gluing bits and pieces ...
I also like to vary the scale at which we paint, sometimes we have a poster sized sheet of paper to cover together, sometimes we have our own little postcards, sometimes I'll cut out different shapes to colour.
Most of all I want to make sure it is enjoyable, never, ever forced.
Do you have any tips for getting creative with a slightly hyperactive 2 year old?
Here are some links I'm keeping up my sleeve for future crafting. All found via pinterest.
A spinning top pencil
Painting with balloons ... as long as I can stop Oscar from popping them first!
A tapestry table
Sticker resist with watercolours
A tissue paper window
I also love these canvases that Sam and Bella created. I think it is fabulous that Andrea used abstract art for inspiration (Kline and Miro).
Previous Oscar art can be seen here and way back here.