Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kids and Charcoal

Last Tuesday was art day and I pulled out some of my favorite art materials: charcoal and newsprint. I showed the kids how they could use different parts of the charcoal to make different size lines and different shades and I showed them how they could use their fingers to blend and soften the lines.

They had a fantastic time, even if some of the subtlety of the art form was lost on them. First Son's only concession to the new media was to give his Veggies (the same five pictures he always draws) shadows.

First Daughter was more abstract. (I actually love this picture.)

She was also very messy.

I was a little concerned by the warning on the package to wear a mask, but didn't find anything terribly frightening about letting kids use charcoal when I looked online. So we just opened a window and cleaned up well. The charcoal was easier to oversee during the actual art time than painting (which we did last week), but the clean up was a bit more time-consuming. Art is important for a lot of reasons, but I'm glad we focus our messy art energies only once a week.


  1. Wow, I think my kids are deprived. You are way more adventurous than I am. Can we come to your house for art class?

  2. Of course you're welcome! Any time! Or perhaps I could pile a few things in the van and drive up to your place so we can let the kids use your garage.

    I'm not that adventurous. I just happen to have some "real" art supplies lying around. I used to frequent an art supply store in Boston (hmm...10 years ago now) and would pick things up on sale. Most of them have been carted around for years and hardly used, if at all, so I'm very glad to pull them out for the kids.


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