The other day we learned how to draw a perfect butterfly every time with 100% success. A 5 year old can do this. Specifically we were doing this with 5-year-old students. After the class I asked my son if he was interested in drawing perfect butterflies. He was, so I showed him. When I finished he said:
“I get it. Let me try my way”.
He drew the helper lines the way he learned, and he proceeded to edit it, adding lines, corners, drew some more lines until he finished the picture. It didn’t look like a real butterfly. It was his version of a butterfly. That’s the beauty of creativity. I love his art because it is unexpected, bold, brave and reflects his personality perfectly. His butterfly is exactly as he wants to display it, it is his abstract experience. Who am I to tell him that his butterfly is wrong? It was not wrong, just different. It is his butterfly.
My name is Andrea. I am a homeschooling mom of 2 children. I have enjoyed teaching them since they were born. I follow their interests, allowing them to learn what interest them most. I self taught myself drawing and painting techniques, I have been drawing since I was 5 years old and I have been painting for 15 years. I have had great teachers to learn painting techniques from. My favourite watercolour teacher was Moira Clark from Toronto. I have also taken a diploma art course at Startford Career Institute - under the guiding wings of Linda Drewry - to further my skills in several other media, such as acrylic, pastel, oil, charcoal, pencil and watercolour.
I love all other handcraft techniques. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a child. I learned basic crocheting from my mother when I was 7 years old. Once I could read I taught myself more stitches and experimented with patterns. I learned knitting in school when I was 13 years old. I learned to sew when I was 18. My hobby is scrap booking which I started when my babies were born. My kids inspire me to be the best person and teacher I can be while we develop their art. Our house is decorated with their art work.