All the supplies you and your little artists will need to create along with our Magnificently Marbled Paper Video.
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Some wise words for the grownup…
Thank you so much for setting up your artist to create with me! I love inspiring creativity in all children, and I’m grateful that you see the value in that too. Please read the words below and consider this amazing opportunity you have here to foster confidence and resilience in your little artist!
I absolutely LOVE wildflowers, hence the studio name “Little Wildflowers Art Studio”. I love how every single plant looks different, feels different, smells different, and grows best at different paces in different places.
That sentence right there perfectly describes our growing kids, doesn’t it??
Just like wildflowers, every child is brilliantly designed with creative gifts to be nurtured and celebrated. How silly it would be to be critical of a pumpkin for only wanting to grow during the fall, or for sunflowers to grow just so dang tall and all alone, compared to beautiful roses that grow in shorter bushes with other rose friends around.
Doesn’t that make perfect sense?? But for some reason, as grownups, we have such a hard time letting our littles be the artist and letting them decide how they want the details in their own masterpieces to look. Notice I said WE… it is HARD sometimes!
I am an art teacher and I STILL catch myself wanting to tell my own kids what colors look best together or why mixing green and red won’t make this beautiful strawberry-looking color, like they often imagine.
I watch kids get frustrated and irritable when their parents try to control their creative process. Reminding our little artists that “the sky is supposed to be blue” or “you didn’t do that right” or “this would look better if you…” is actually hindering their own unique abilities to create.
This creates an environment that doesn’t feel safe to kids. They don’t feel like they can trust their own intuitive views of creativity. Oftentimes, they’ll listen to us and trust us that WE KNOW BETTER. They’ll believe that we know what looks better, how their work should be built/painted/glued, etc. But we all know that WE DON’T! We don’t always know better. Here are some examples in our world for us (including myself!) to keep in mind:
JK Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before someone saw the magic in Harry Potter.
Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected by 27 publishers before someone saw it as valuable and decided to give it a chance.
Walt Disney was fired from his job in 1919 because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”.
The Beatles were initially told that they had no future in show business and guitar groups were on the way out.
Letting kids make mistakes in this safe environment is absolutely critical to the development of their self-confidence. Isn’t that how we all learn best? By making mistakes? Why would we want to rob our children of that same experience? And in the making of artwork, they won’t spend money unnecessarily, hurt anyone, or repeat any of our crazy mistakes we’ve all made in our own lives.
Making a mistake then being able to bounce back is called resilience. And as we all know, resilience is CRITICAL, especially in today’s world!
If your artist asks you for advice, one of the best things I’ve found to say is “You’ve worked really hard so far. What do you think would look best?” If they’re getting frustrated because they’re trying for perfection, remind them that this isn’t about being perfect. This is about enjoying the paint and the colors and making the project.
I also love reminding kids in my studio that when they’re all finished, they likely won’t notice the tiny details and “mistakes”. Some of the most famous artists in their world have major mistakes in their artwork that we can’t even see.
They may not grasp it this time, or even the next. But over time, your words and how you treat them will start to stick.
If they’re still frustrated, it’s best to let them step away, clear their heads for a little while, and come back later.