This weekend we had such an incredible opportunity, provided by the Artistree Community Arts Center in Pomfret, Vermont. Jax, Em, and I attended Studio Fever!, where we had the opportunity to literally paint on the walls of an art gallery! They covered the walls in fresh canvas and welcomed the public to create their own art using various media and decorate the space. It was absolutely beautiful and inspiring!
Em and I had been planning on attending since I heard about it, but Jax was a harder sell, not considering himself an artist naturally. He eventually agreed to come, somewhat with mixed feelings, but once we arrived, he was as enthusiastic as she was. My little brain became an artist for the morning; it was quite a change, and nice to see.
The kids didn’t have a plan, and for once, I didn’t try to overthink it. Here are your paints, here is your canvas. Just go.
What do I know about art anyway? It was far better to watch my kids explore their own creativity.
Watching their styles was interesting, too. Jax was definitely abstract random, all about shapes and colors and broad strokes. Em still let things fly, but with a bit more of a focus–random garden imagery. My favorite was her hand print flower leaves. Her imagination is extraordinary and lovely.
It was such a wonderful, creative, thoughtful morning. I loved watching them work, and creating art together. My birds, an outline of a tree, her flowers and leaves. All of us spending a morning making the world more beautiful.
Even a reluctant Jackson Pollock, who eventually put down his paintbrush to read a book about fifteen minutes before Em was ready to go, but for the hour that the three of us were there at Artistree, I saw brave, bold artists transforming their world. What a way to start our weekend!