My boys often ask to do art projects, but I admit that usually, I don't feel like dealing with the mess that would bring, so I set them up with something easy like stickers or markers. But one day last month, I thought I'd have them do a "real painting" like Mommy does. And it turned out surprisingly well!
First, I had them each choose 3-4 images out of some of my vintage image stash. After they glued them down, I mixed up some paints in colors that matched the colors in the images and suggested they add the paint in areas around the images. Once the paint was dry, they added details with pencils and some watercolor crayons. Here is the result:
The title is "The Monkey Wants a Penny, The Penny Got Spent". Riley is very into money and coins right now, thus the theme that emerged with the piece.
It works perfectly in their bedroom above these hooks from Hobby Lobby!
They are very proud of their piece, as you can see!
And I'm very proud of them as well! This really was their own creation- I honestly only offered a few suggestions as to how to balance colors, etc. In fact, I think I could take away a few pointers from their piece! I just adore the free-ness and unabandoned quality in children's art...
I know they would really enjoy it if you guys showed these budding artists some love. I told them I was going to show their painting on the computer, and they were pretty excited!
And really, how can you resist such awesome dudes as these, am I right?