Kid Art - Proper Style

Before Christmas I saw an instagram picture of one of my friends child's art work. I was amazed and then inspired. We had a discussion about how we are on the turning point of the our kids losing the naivety in their art. The turning point of the kids changing of style from child hood art to something more grown up. I have a mountain of collected favorite drawings but I had not really thought to record these as proper works on canvas. I will be forever grateful that I realised this before a huge change came in the little girls drawing style. Every picture she draws now is moving further from that "small child style" and I think we captured it just in time.

I painted over some large white canvas with white house paint. I left the little girl in charge of a black marker with simple instructions to draw our family on the first canvas. In the second and third session we filled in the black out lines with water colour paints. I love the luminosity and brightness that the water colour leaves. It's bright and happy.

A big hint on getting your child to create you a work of art is to do it in stages. My five year old wreaked the first one as she rushed to finish it and tired of the project quicker than I thought. Each successful piece took three or even four short sessions to complete.

After I had got the two works that I wanted we had enough time to complete a few canvas for family as Christmas presents. Sadly I didn't get to photograph them before we gave them away. Next time I visit the houses I will make sure to take some pictures.

These canvas works capture a moment in your child's drawing progression, something you can't recapture or return to. The only regret I have is that I didn't get one each year of her making. However I think it may just be a tradition in our house. We don't collect a lot of child memorabilia, I've never been a fan of collection footprints or whatever it is that other parents do. Collecting of her style is far more special to me and one tradition that I defiantly want to continue with.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.