There is just something so special about drawings done by young children. It is truly fascinating to see what they think of the world around them. We still have one my daughter did based on the story of The Little Prince and another of a heart shaped house, complete with green grass and brown dirt underneath it that even has earthworms in it! When she was a teenage we shipped her to Germany to work as an au pair for a year and we still have a drawing she did of a bunch of different stamps as well as some paintings of houses she sent to us that we scanned and copied for family members. She is now working on an Art Ed masters and teaches at the secondary school level.
Our favorite ‘canvas’ for keeping artwork when they were young was THESE plates. We still have a stack of a couple dozen that were done by the kids over the years for Christmas gifts for grandparents etc. We always kept some for ourselves, and it still makes me smile to eat off them 35+ years later!
@cbilyak I love this, so tallented! What a beautiful baby!!
I remember my first portrait done from a live sitting mode, not a photograph. I was over the moon with excitement and SO proud of myself! I’d always thought that being able to sketch someone live and in person was the ultimate greatness of a artist! As a young girl my dream job was to sit by the side of the road and sketch portraits of tourists like i’d seen at Province Town and Disney World.
My mom was awesome and let me work with sharp tools and toxic chemicals as a kid (and I turned out just fine, thank you very much). One of my earliest glass pieces, from somewhere around 1st grade. I keep it at my desk now as a reminder of how I got started down this path and the many life lessons learned along the way.
@Turken Yes my mom did/was too. She let us do copper enamel as young grade schoolers handling hot pieces taking them out of the kiln using asbestos gloves while holding the tool to remove it. We didn’t burn anything down, burn ourselves, and so far the asbestos hasn’t damaged any of us.
@Kyeh Not much stained glass art these days. Don’t have the space and slush fund to set up a workshop I’d be happy with. But doing stained glass as a young kid got me into working with hot glass in highschool, which eventually led to getting a degree and subsequent job in glass science where I am today.
Yeah the filters used by Meh are a lot more complete than back in the old days. That got an X-rated response, and it STAYED UP A GOOD LONG TIME before a moderator noticed. I didn’t even know about it until later cuz I lost my network connection before the graphic posted.
I’m male; grew up in the 60’s. I was interested in crochet, knitting, sewing. My babysitter taught me these crafts. That was not looked upon favorably for a boy back then. So, I was cancelled or, “marginalized,” whatever it’s called. Bottom-line, I was told I should learn to shoot Bambi, or learn to gig frogs; catch catfish. I did all those things and loved it all, with the exception of killing Bambi, but still had a secret desire to crochet.
@Kyeh interestingly, I never tried crochet again until about a year ago. My wife took up knitting and I thought, what the heck, I’m going to crochet. It’s not as easy as I remember but, definitely therapeutic.
I was always into drawing when I was a kid. More than sports, more than TV, though I did my share of both then too.
Despite winning some city-wide art awards in middle and high schools, my very pragmatic father sent me to business school because art is a hobby. I eventually changed it (I was really bad at statistics and accounting, in particular) and graduated (late) with a BFA. Adapted those skills to designing, then developing, websites and such. Suddenly my father saw it as more than just a hobby. We could have had a lot less arguments if he had gotten there a little sooner.
If you consider playing with play-doh for hours on end art, then yes. I also had a “craft box” with a bunch of random things in it that I would use to create stuff with (like the time I made Santa presents because I thought it was unfair that he gave all the presents away and didn’t get any).
@mbersiam Yeah the giving santa (and his wife too in my case) is something I did as well. I am sure my mom had some rough moments what to do with things I made that were nice and not let on she and dad were Santa. I made Mrs. Clause a pot holder one year that mom later told me she really wanted to keep and use and didn’t dare.
Which one? I do vaguely remember Art Carney and Art Smith, but can’t say I was really “into” either as a kid. I liked listening to Art Garfunkel (and Paul Simon) when I was an older kid, if that counts.
@Kidsandliz@rockblossom Well, not “anything”. Just the other day I ran with scissors. And I’ve been considering finishing up that yogurt in the refrigerator that is past its “best by” date! Sometimes I live on the edge…
Loved drawing as a kid, but somewhere along the line, I gave it up because I became dissatisfied at not being any good at it. That’s one of the great things about being a kid that most people lose as they get older: just being able to enjoy an activity and not worry about how accomplished you are.
@DrWorm I definitely still worried about how accomplished I was, but I was the last of five kids, and each of my older siblings was already good at something. I even once gifted my first grade teacher a drawing that my ten year old sister drew because I wanted to be as good as she was at drawing.
Art was not much my thing growing up, though I did enjoy my drafting class, and still use those skills when I build stuff.
About my only ‘art’ skill is photography, made more so by doing my own darkroom work ‘back in the day’. Wish I still had a darkroom setup to play in every now and then, though good B&W film is hard to come by.
The advent of digital photography has made the art of taking a picture much more of a crap shoot. Take a zillion pics and toss out 99,5% of them… No thought about composition, lighting, depth of field etc etc. It still doesn’t cost you any real money. When I went to Machu Picchu years ago I lugged all my SLR stuff, including a bunch of lenses and filters in a backpack up to the top of Huayna Picchu to get pics of the site. Came back to the US with about 30 rolls of film (about 750 pics), many of which I was pretty proud of. My biggest fear was sending the rolls thru the scanner at the airport! I sill use a DSLR or dedicated point and shoot camera since I don’t think most phone pics are worth a crap. Hard to beat the quality of shots made with real glass.