My mom is a watercolor artist. She has been painting for a very long time. Once a week she volunteers at a local senior center teaching two watercolor classes. She has done this for….well I am not sure, but more than 15 years. My little boy (who isn’t so little anymore) is off track for the next three weeks and so he went to art class today with Grandma. He has gone before, but got bored after about an hour. Not today! He spent the ENTIRE day painting. He has been really into art lately as they have been studying different artists at school as part of a “Meet the Masters” program.
Here he is with his Grandma and one of his paintings. It is a waterfall in the jungle.
This is another one of his paintings…
This one blows my mind! Let me tell you why. About a month ago, they learned about Paul Klee at school. He has been talking about this painting that Paul Klee did of a drummer boy. Well, even though I studied art history, Paul Klee wasn’t coming up in my mind. I couldn’t remember anything he had done. So when the big boy fish brought this painting home and said he had painted The Drummer Boy by Paul Klee I thought I better look it up.
“Not exact” you might say. True! But he painted it FROM MEMORY! And he’s 7!!!! I know, I know. I am a proud mom. I absolutely love to see children expressing themselves through art. I love that something that is so powerful to me is beginning to have power in the life of my son. It is a dream come true. Really. Weird? Maybe. But I cannot imagine a world without art, without color and without people who are brave enough to do something different. Can you?