Let your creativity flow, we told the girls!
Classical violin music was playing in the background, the weather was perfect – sunny, with a warm breeze in the air – the girls were leaning over the table deep in thought as their imagination was spilled out through their paintbrushes onto the watercolor paper.
We told the girls that being creative starts with an idea, or more than one idea, and the ideas sometimes flow in many directions. But you have to make a choice! You have to start with something. Their palate of different paint colors got them started.
It was a Balcony Girls day today, and my cousin Anni came to give the girls a water color art lesson. An outstanding artist herself, she took the girls step by step through the process of creating their own pieces of art!
(Anni’s beautiful work!)
What is art?
Whatever it involves, it’s about you being creative and original.
It’s not about being perfect.
We discussed that art is never perfect to the artist! It’s easy to be down on yourself when things don’t turn out the way you think they should.
There is one exception to perfection.
And there is only one perfect artist – God! We talked about God’s many forms of art and creation. How each girl was uniquely made, perfect in His image. Sculpturing - the mountains and humans. The movement of art – the winds and the rains. Beautiful light reflected in the morning sunrise or evening sunset or even a falling star. The sounds of art – hearing the ocean waves or a thunder storm.
What about the respect for art?
What is inspiring to one person may not be to everyone. The person who is creating the art – that work satisfies something deep inside that person. So it’s so important to be respectful of that person’s talent!
We need to learn to appreciate art!
These girls have all experienced art in many forms. Some play piano, violin, and even French horn. Some are really good at putting it down on paper, and some even like to sing!
When our time came to an end these beautiful flowers were expressed through these girls paintbrushes.
Today I pulled out a recipe from my childhood - Orange Jell-O Cake. My mom used to make this cake frequently during my growing up years. It’s a very easy recipe and fun for kids to create!
Pull out the ingredients, bake the cake as directed
Poke holes in the cake with a fork
Make 3 oz. Jello, any flavor, as directed and pour over the warm cake
Chill for 2 hours or over night; top with Cool Whip
Sunny weather, a very talented, willing teacher (thank you, Anni!), creative girls, discussion about God and His creation, beautiful, inspiring music – and Orange Jello Cake.
What more could we Balcony Girls ask for today?
I love how the girls could take home a completed project – one that was ready to be framed! I don’t know if you are like me, but I appreciate my kid’s art.
(Want to know more about my Balcony Girls group? I've been meeting with the same group of girls now for 3 years, going on 4. We focus on God and relationships. Check out my sidebar to read more about it!)
I have an idea everyone is going to ask about the "hands" photo. The girls stood behind the shade that we pulled down in our patio area, because the sun was so bright! Cool pix of Anni and the girls!!