In light of Mother’s Day, I would like to take the moment and instead of “showcasing” my arts and crafts moments, and shine the spotlight at one of the reasons I celebrate this day. I’ve always wanted to try this form of art, but I know that I’m not that kind of artistic.
My son is a born artist. Just like his father, he can draw like a pro – and we encourage that. The only downside is that he only draws something that someone else drew before him….Pokemon, Super Mario, Power Rangers,….etc. I wanted him to try different forms of art, but he doesn’t fully understand. Anyway, last month, in one of the school newsletters that I read, and I usually just delete them! It said that they are having a School District Art Festival and that students in each school in the district, are welcome to participate, turn in a piece of poetry, or artwork that will be showcased [if chosen] at the actual event. Our school district has 15 schools, and each school will choose 3, one from each: 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th, that will present their poetry or artwork in June.
I figured, that this is that moment, that I can show my son that art is not just pencil, paper, and crayons….that he can actually use crayons in a different way, that he can use something else other than paper. That he can draw something else other than Bowser, that art isn’t about DIY, or “making it work” At first, he didn’t get it, why I decided he would enter a competition without prize money, until he finished his entry.
He turned in his canvas this past Monday. I’m not sure how many students in the 5th and 6th grade turned in entries for selections. For me, it doesn’t matter if he’s not chosen. That wasn’t why I had him enter. The theme for the festival is TIME. This is my son’s interpretation. This is Andy’s melted crayon art.
This is one of those moments why Mother’s Day is celebrated. That moment when your child worked on something small, and made something great.