So my meeting went really well. And in the course of chatting to my client, I got some great suggestions for art activities with kids. I’m not sure I can quote him exactly but one thing he said really gave me a new way to think about drawing. Basically, most people have anxiety about drawing because they think it is about accurate representation of the thing you are looking at. But, actually, drawing is about making marks on the page and having confidence in those marks. He compared it to telling stories. If a few of us went to the same event and we were to tell about it later, our stories would all be different but all representations of that event. Drawings work the same way.
With that overall philosophy of drawing in mind, he then made a suggestion of things I could do with those photographs I’ve been taking: stick a cropped photo in the middle of a piece of paper and get Tigger to extend it outwards. The idea is not to produce the context it originally came from but to use the image as the basis for some creative exploration. Any kind of image can work but I suspect to start with it is better to use something not easily identifiable, since the tendency would then be to go for realism.
I’ve got some large sheets of paper and I just might try this. But I thought that it might also be of interest to some of you who are also into the creative side of homeschooling.