Entries in art (6)


petey the parrot

School project #3:  Make an art project based on his Animal Report.

The Parrot is his animal and he wanted to make it out of clay. While I'm not a parent who likes to overtake my child's art project (a hard thing to resist), I admit that Dad and I had a hand in helping him with this one. I bought all the supplies at Michael's and covered the shoebox with construction paper, and Dad helped shape the nest and the parrot's body and head with three feathers on top. Everything else was done by June29, including the design, art direction, most of the scissoring and all of the glueing.

It wasn't accomplished without a lot of arguing and negotiating though.

At first he drew a picture of the parrot (see background of above photo) but when asked if he was proud of it, he bluntly said, "No. I didn't really try that hard." So my excitement for a completed project one week ahead of schedule was completely obliterated and I knew he wanted to step it up a couple of notches.

Here he is taking the model to school this morning. I about crapped my pants at least 99 times thinking he was going to drop it on the way there.

When he arrived at school, lots of his friends surrounded him and oooh'd and aaah'd at the sight of it. Not because it was spectacular, but really because it was just big.

He named his project "Petey the Parrot."

I think he was proud of it.


Remember school project #2?



special wall

To me, walls speak a thousand words. Whether they're filled with framed photos, expensive art, or cork boards pinned with momentos and paraphrenelia, it's so telling to walk into a home and see how a family chooses to fill their walls.

One of my favorite things to do is tape my son's art on our walls. Since I'm too lazy (and cheap) to frame them all and bang a zillion nail holes, I like to tape and arrange his drawings in patterns dictated by the artwork themselves.

It's a fascinating study into his mind and imagination, and a line art map of memories for me. Looking over our wall of taped art constructed over the years, I'm reminded of moments conjured up by his pen-filled strokes:  What kind of things he was into (he loved to draw flowers when he was in his 3s); what time of year it was (lots of jack-o-lanterns and Draculas during the Fall of his 4s), and which stories impacted him the most (many pictures of dragons, princesses and chocolate factories).

We've filled a lot of walls even though the art is in constant rotation. Recently, he came up with the idea of creating a "Special Wall" reserved for the most meaningful drawings deemed so only by him.

This one is taking a little more time to fill.



sunday morning

June 20.  9:24am.  Happy Dad's Day!

9:58am.  Waiting to be seated at brunch.

Like mom's day, Dad gets a card too.


3:17pm.  What would dad's day be without some cookies - cream cheese sugar ones. This recipe is da bomb.




May 9.  My happy mother's day.

Me in my PGs watching over.

Me and the fellow who made the day happy.

Me and the fellows who made the day mine (literally).

And the pièce de résistance...

I think this means I spend way too much time here.



leprechaun trap

School project #2:  Make a trap to catch a leprechaun.

With a clover field on steroids.

And a little crazy on the glitter.

Let's hope it works with all the bait.

Happy St. Patty's Day.