Collaborating with a 4-year Old

After a mother finally agrees to let her young daughter draw in her sketchbook, she discovers something amazing. This blog post will warm your heart!

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One day, while my daughter was happily distracted in her own marker drawings, I decided to risk pulling out a new sketchbook I had special ordered.  It had dark paper, and was perfect for adding highlights to.  I had only drawn a little in it, and was anxious to try it again, but knowing our daughter’s love of art supplies, it meant that if I wasn’t sly enough, I might have to share.  (Note:  I’m all about kid’s crafts, but when it comes to my own art projects, I don’t like to share.)  Since she was engrossed in her own project, I thought I might be able to pull it off.

Ahhh, I should’ve known better.  No longer had I drawn my first face (I love drawing from old black & white movie stills) had she swooped over to me with an intense look.  “OOOH!  Is that a NEW…

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8 thoughts on “Collaborating with a 4-year Old

    • I love that she understands to put a body on the head and that it can be whatever she wants it to be. That is one of my favorite things about children, their ability to think freely. I hope she never loses that!

  1. I saw this article and also loved it. The combination of her mother’s faces and her bodies, and the imagination the little girl has, it’s fantastic. Gives new meaning to “think outside the box.”

    • Absolutely. They said that all children are artists, or i suppose Picasso said that. Regardless, we all lose a bit of that as we grow into adults so it is nice to see that the mother embraces her daughters inner artist. Its lovely! Thanks for your comment 🙂

      • I hate that we lose that as we get older, or it’s relegated to fun stuff to do, but not career-worthy. Even the simple exercise of using your mind creatively, and all the talk of innovation…seems to get forgotten unless it leads to a “practical” way to make money.

      • I agree. I don’t understand it either. Every business wants creative thinkers, yet the arts are not a priority.

      • They want creative thinkers, but in a concrete business model. They know what to do with that, keeping businesses running and making money. Art is very different, and enriching, but they don’t understand it.

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