Parents of small children are no strangers to the mountains of paperwork that come through the door when our children start school. While we love to see so much artwork being made and the artistic process being enjoyed, how can we possibly keep it all organized?
Most people think of drawing as a creative outlet. It’s an extra activity for the “creative types”. But that is not true. Drawing has very little to do with creativity. It is about seeing, thinking and sharing oneself. Drawing is a way to explore our thoughts, build our brain and understand the world more effectively.
There’s a lot of talent at Young Rembrandts and it’s flowing into the streets! Recently the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission sponsored a public art project inviting local artists to submit designs featuring images to raise awareness about storm water and the importance of storm drains. Bill Duca’s design was one of the designs selected, out of hundreds of submissions!
Here’s another shameless plug for kids taking an art class. Yes, it’s because I’m the founder Young Rembrandts, the coolest and only drawing program out there – but mostly because after years of research, I know how much doing art affects a child’s social-emotional well-being, while expanding brain function overall.
At Young Rembrandts we’ve been interviewing kids that have been drawing with us this past year. For some kids, drawing was a way to continue the classes they were used to at school. For others, it was a way to keep their minds off the stress they were feeling around them.
This year at Halloween my 4 year old grandsons were obsessed with Frankenstein, so when it was grandma time, it was Frankenstein drawing time. This is a really big deal. Drawing him repeatedly, helped them internalize the image, making it part of their permanent visual vocabulary.