Entirely. Every second. I love this space. And I will be here until infinity if all goes well:)
It has been a most beautiful week here at the Luminous Elephant. A week of rainbow diamonds, cartwheels and the kind of dance moves that only happen when you are alone. Standing on ladders, cleaning the windows, and candles twinkling away in the morning for the Artist's Journaling class.
There are colourful dragons breathing fire in the windows - and Palo Santo burning in the evenings when I make a milkified black tea with raw honey to dream up new classes. Listening to 'Since I've been loving you' by Led Zeppelin before I lock up to go home. What's not to love! I'm feeling so smitten with this pretty little studio more and more every day.
Meanwhile, this week whilst Katie was leading the dragon brigade class I was tearily moved with a Mom who was painting along with her daughter in a class. Moved by the expanse of freedom she allowed her highly artistic child to express herself. Moved by the joy she exhibited as they shared art with one another - but mostly moved by how this Mom witnessed and reflected back her appreciation for her daughter's artworks. It often occurs to me there is nothing more satisfying than watching families create together.
Anyway. I was reminded how beautiful, how dearly loving it is to truly see and share in the journey of our child's art. Because frankly, you know, sometime's I forget. I know! I mean sometime's I am so engaged in the beauty of the pieces of art created even I forget to find out what is beneath, what is the GUST of the muse that inspired the work itself.
So I thought I would share a few prompts you might love to try to learn all about your child's art piece that will help them feel seen and wish to open up and share their work with you. It is easy to look at our child's work and in the bustle of the moment and pass by the gift of this opportunity with a quick 'Wow!' or 'Awesome honey' - when we could learn such magic about our child's imagination in just a few minutes of conversation.
Now I know what you are thinking, you are thinking how it can be difficult to get your child to talk about art but I promise you these prompts will help you find out the story behind all those masterpieces your child whips up - and your status as a parent who is 'happily in the know' will be secured:)
Here are a few very simple ways to open up your child to sharing the wonder of their inner worlds when making art.
1. Tell me! about this ....(colourful, playful, imaginative, amazing, strong, vibrant...) piece of art!
2. How did you come up with the idea for this piece?
3. What is your favourite part of your work? MY favourite part of your picture is... Isn't it interesting how you did this...
4. How did you do this technique? What materials did you use? I would love to learn how to do this too - can you teach me how you did this?
5. Does it have a title? What is it called?
6. I see you used a lot of (red, blue, gold, turquoise) ...how does red make you feel?
7. This is so unique the way you...(make brushstrokes, layer colour, create BIG wings....) your art piece makes me feel like going on an adventure.
8. This is so imaginative! It would be an awesome book character! What happens after this moment in your painting?
Just a few! A few minutes of conversation will have you and your little one flying forward sharing the magic of artistic self expressiont togetyher. Easy peasy!