It was time to trade in a few library books before we racked up some more fines. For some unknown reason, we’ve chosen to support our local library by incurring minimal late fees. After collecting the books that were scattered about the house, we double checked the library’s website to see if they were hosting a story time. Instead of a story time, the library was featuring a watercolor painting class for kids of all ages.
Ben loves to get creative. He enjoys using watercolor paints and even comes up with some pretty impressive terms to describe his mediums – one day as he was brushing purples and blues on the paper, and informed us that this piece is “dark and stormy!”
We love to encourage his use of colors and textures, and his art table is always available to express his creativity. He has a unique style too. Ben will come back to a piece of paper after an hour or even after a day or two or more, and add more definition and color. He goes about it in such a methodical way, mixing in different mediums as he goes – crayons, markers, paints and even glitter has been known to show up in his work.
As parents, we feel that the use of art in his day is crucial. He expresses himself and even takes time to explain to his parents what and how he came up with the images and what they represent. With schools cutting so many program like art and music, we feel that incorporating the arts at an early age is truly beneficial to the development of our future generations. Can you believe that some students won’t get the chance to eat glue sticks, or spill paints in the classroom?! Cheers to a creative day and all the confidence that comes with it.