Lucia explored the qualities of each tool and talked about the difference in textures. Chalk pastels made thick lines and markers were good for details.
The oil pastels brought in her Dad... Full of memories from his drawing days he was soon making a giant mountain. "It's like the mountain in Frog and Toad," said Lucia. She added the sky, and a hawk, and a long purple path for Frog and Toad to run down the mountain, yelling "We're not afraid!" I wonder if she was inspired by Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Small hands and big hands enjoy exploring with drawing materials. Don't be afraid to stray from the childhood staples. Children learn quickly to take good care of art materials if they are given the opportunity to explore.
|Lucia with CARAN d'ACHE pencils, almost 2 years old|
Soon enough, story telling, cooperative art and mixed media may follow. And who knows, maybe some early book quoting and referencing might make into your home.