What’s a family to do on those rain-soggy winter days when it’s too wet to play outside?
Have you ever considered giving your brood a brush and try painting?
Even your youngest can plunge a pudgy little palm in finger paint, enjoying the color and texture. To this day I still have pages of artwork from my baby. It’s okay if your baby gets messy. Trust me, they wash up well!
Painting with or without brushes is good for motor skill development and for building new cognitive experiences in young children.
Ages ago when I was in college, I attended a seminar by Adele Faber, parenting expert and author of How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk. One of her suggestions for helping an over-stimulated, frustrated kid was for a parent or teacher to hand the child something to write with. It could be paint, a crayon, or anything on hand. The child was urged to scribble or draw how they felt. Ms. Faber’s reasoning was that this would help the child or teen to tap into feelings too deep for words. Apparently, this form of self-expression helps all ages to deal with intense emotions. The American Art Therapy Association seems to concur.
But what if art just isn’t your gig and you want someone else to handle the mess? Vonda Bobo of Artistic Minds has a solution!
Artistic Minds is conveniently located at the corner of Old Monrovia and Jeff Road. Vonda and her team of skilled artists train kids ages 5-18 and offer adult classes. (Yay!!!)
Artistic Minds also offers camps during summer, fall break, and spring break…So, Mom, what are you waiting for?
For more information on art lessons, camp, special Saturday classes, family nights, team building classes, and even art birthday parties, call Artistic Minds at (256) 508-9663 or visit www.artisticmindsgallery.com