All Kids Are Artists, All Artists Are Kids

When I taught Art at an elementary school, grades K – 6, I was always amazed at the different results the kids would come up with from a simple art project I gave to the whole class.

One project was a nighttime background of Gotham City with a big upper torso of Batman looking down on it. This was made from pre-cut pieces of colored construction paper I cut out for the younger classes to glue on a large piece of black construction paper, the older kids cut out the designs themselves

What got very interesting were the things they added on their own! White & yellow colored pencils drew all different kinds of star shapes on the night sky. One very creative student even drew a tightrope walker walking on a line stretched from two skyscrapers!

I loved to see how the kids would take it upon themselves to add their own, unique, final touches to a standard project!

An extra large poster I blew up for my classroom.

Students” painting their portraits from photos turned into a coloring project at a Summer Art Camp I did. These always turn out amazing!

Some more examples of photography transformed into a drawing:

An Art Activity to Fill Up Some Free Time (in a teaching setting).

A fun thing to do for a quick project. This one is unfinished. Others had all kinds of interesting things drawn into the purposefully large scribble spaces such as a whole outdoor mountain scene, math facts and whatever crossed the young artist’s mind.

This poster was a reminder it was “Art Day” at a Senior Assisted Living Center I went to once a month to do art projects. Like the kids, they also embellished their “standard projects” with their own stamp of creativity.

We had so much fun at every single class!

Author: Mary Catherine

• Published writer that used to contribute a monthly article on any given subject to my local newspaper. I am no longer doing this and miss it. • Owned my own custom paint store, "Wild Woods". I called it "wall art" that consisted of murals, glazing, faux painting and also painting vinyl garage doors to look like wood or metal; usually copper. • Have had an interesting past 14 years living off the grid in a remote area in Southern Utah near the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in a progressive community that held many informative events with guest speakers, including a number of published authors, and hands-on exercises in various self-sufficient living. No longer living there. • I have another blog about grandparenting. This is a subject near and dear to my heart nowadays. *As part of "the sandwich generation", I was caught between helping my adults kids (usually with their kids) as well as caring for an elderly parent, my mother, who was suffering from dementia. I want to do some writing on the aspect of full time care givers to people with Alzheimer's as well. I feel I have learned a lot about this. ~ What a Juggling Act! Somewhere with all those balls up in the air, my own dreams had been put on hold for too long and now, after losing my mother just recently, and my grandkids in school, I hope to rekindle them. My husband and I are super busy doing major remodeling jobs on a house we purchased two years ago as well as extensive yard work. The house and yard projects, which include the restoration of an old cottage built in the 1800's that sits on the far, back corner of our three-fourths acre lot we own are keeping us both really busy. Amidst the ongoing projects, I try to squeeze in a moment here and there to work on my blogs. Creativity has always been an essential part of who I am and when I stop doing things like this, I feel like a robot mechanically moving around, just getting the necessities done. Art, Music, Writing, Gardening, Home Interior Decorating, Water Activities like swimming and kayaking are the things I crave and try to find time to do. We have to "make it a good day"!

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