And so we reach the end of art week. Traumatic, I know.
The idea for Art Week started when Lila (my oldest) kept having break-downs when she didn't feel like her art was "perfect." She's a perfectionist and a half and I was like, "seriously?" I tried to explain that art isn't about being perfect. In my mind it's about creating something. Sometimes it's pretty, sometimes it's not. We might think it's perfect, others might hate. We might feel dissatisfied with it. That's the art of creating, isn't it? But no matter how much I tried to explain these concepts,
Lila was still so frustrated. So I showed her pictures from real artists and explained a little about their differing styles and suddenly, it started to click for her. So I told her we'd study these artists and learn that "perfect" is all in the eye of the beholder. And Art Week was born. Monumental, I know.
I'm happy to report that by the end of Art Week, Lila really started to love art and that was my goal. I just wanted to broaden my kids' horizons a little. That isn't to say that things have been all rosy. My kids didn't just sit there and quietly do what I told them to do. I mean, giving your kids paint is a dangerous game. We still had our episodes. Madelyn got into my purse and painted a chair at the University where we went to go looking at paintings.
My baby wandered the gardens carrying q-tips, getting super dirty.
And sometimes Ezra was more interested in jumping into the nature than he was in painting it.
But at the end of the day, whether or not it was a "perfect" experience matters much less than the fact that we experienced something new together. For me, being a mom is about creating my own joy. Showing my kids something that they didn't know or understand before brings a huge sense of accomplishment to me. And when I can measure success in a "job" where it is sometimes extremely difficult to measure my success, I'll call it a win.
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