Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More Dinners with Artists

Just a quick post tonight. We have continued with our Dinners with Artists, and I really can't recommend them enough to you. Of course, it works best with older kids (Son #1 is 8 and really loves it; Son #2 is 5 and waxes and wanes), but it is such a rewarding activity. Not only do we get to discuss art, we also spend quality time together being creative. It doesn't matter if your pictures turn out great or not, what matters is that you and the kids have fun. It's also amazing how the kids can nail essence of each artist every time in their own pictures, while the adults (who try too hard) end up with trite and stilted pieces.


These are from Picasso Week. Son #1 totally gets it.
As does Son #2.
And here you can see what I mean by trite and stilted.
Here is Monet week. Vegan Mom agrees that her blackberries aren't particulalry Monet-esque, but I think it'a nice piece anyway.
Son #1 and I both did version of a picture I took on one of our hikes along the waterfalls that run in the forest nearby.

18 comments:

T said...

That is so cool! Your kids are talented- and no wonder with such awesome creative parents! I'm gonna have to file this idea away for when I have children (along with other gems such as playing them mo-town music and reading them all the Harry Potter books!)

dreaminitvegan said...

What a wonderful way to get the family involved in an activity together. The drawings are great and can be kept and looked back on when the kids get older. What nice memories that will bring.

Elle said...

absolutely lovely and inspiring - i particularly love son #1's rendition of picasso. :) by way of introduction, i'm elle, a college undergrad just learning her way around the kitchen and experimenting with vegan cooking. your blog has been tremendously helpful, so thank you!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

What a fun activity and such talent!

Cathy said...

Oh I love it! Vegan Dad you are always an inspiration!

borboleta africana said...

It´s a Family of artists...!
Step a side Picasso , Van Gogh and Monet...they are much better!

Kate said...

I love your family - y'all are just awesome :)

DJ said...

Wow! What a creative household!

Cynthia said...

Simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these, Vegan Dad!

Cynthia said...

Simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these, Vegan Dad!

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, the picasso drawings are brilliant! Your son's are so talented. This is really a great family activity.

Bianca said...

Aw, don't be so hard on yourself, Vegan Dad! You're "Picasso" looks great! And you're right about Son #1. His is amazing!

...barbara... said...

this is such an amazing idea.....
i love love love it :)

Laci said...

Oh my Picasso and Monet... absolutely beautiful art work, your sons are mighty talented little boys!

helloveggie.org said...

Beautiful pieces of art! Thank you for sharing them.

The Voracious Vegan said...

This looks like so much fun! What a family of artists.

happyherbivore.com said...

such beautiful bright colors... makes me happy just looking at it!

Sarah said...

These are great. A book you may enjoy is Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the styles of the great masters by MaryAnn F. Kohl.