Paul was gone for most of the month of August – we missed him terribly, and are so very happy that he is now home back home with us. Lengthy separations are always so hard on all of us – especially the kiddos (and, I know – a month is nothing compared to what many face.)
We planned a special evening for our first family night back together – an activity from the beautiful Art Lab for Kids book.
I have borrowed this book from the library multiple times over the last couple years and was thrilled to pieces when I had the opportunity to be sent our own copy from the publisher. We really enjoy the art activities laid out in this book. It is bright and colorful and so visually appealing.
So last night we sat down with the Art Lab for Kids book, a little Bach playing in the background, and a pile of art supplies.
The boys had all sorts of ideas of what we should try, but I knew what I wanted – the Scribble Drawings is a favorite (Lab 3, page 32).
We all scribbled circles on our huge sheets of paper (listening to Bach certainly helped keep those fluid motions going) and two chose to keep their own sheet, and the other two traded sheets.
Looking at the scribbles we tried to identify an object within the scribbling and then paint it in.
Now that we own our own copy, the boys have sat down and marked their top projects that they want us to do on future family nights – contour drawings, dream animals, and paper masks (both ones we have done in the past from this book, but they were much younger and less … artistically skilled).
As a homeschool mother with zero formal art instruction (and none for the kids, either) this book has been a perfect fit – lots of ideas, great visual instructions, and tons of inspiration to springboard into our own artful expressions. It was nice resource to borrow, but owning it for ourselves will make the projects a more regular part of our art.
This book was sent to me in exchange for a review – but I was already very familiar with this book and knew we both enjoyed and found it useful.