Go on an Abstract Art Adventure

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Boy Meets Abstract Art

Yesterday I wanted to take my boy to attend the Fungus Federation Fungi Fair in a nearby town. I was excited to expand our knowledge and to meet other fellow fungi enthusiasts. I expected that my boy would be excited about the outing. After all, learning about mushrooms leads to fun forages in the woods.

Mushrooms

But alas, when I picked up my son from school he quickly informed me that all he wanted to do was come home and relax, maybe work on an abstract art painting. Even though my heart was set on the fair, his plan sounded great, so that’s exactly what we did and as it turns out, exactly what I needed.

Boy Meets Abstract Art

I love going on adventures with my son. I love introducing him to new places, people and ideas, but some of our best adventures happen at home. Last night was quite an adventure in abstract art and although I hung up a painting cloth behind the larger than life canvas, paint still managed to travel to the surrounding walls. I cleaned most of it before it dried, but I’m sure, that in time, I will find splotches of paint that will transport me back to that magical evening of letting go of expectations and letting art happen.

Boy Meets Abstract Art

Making time and space for children to use their imaginations, to explore their own interests, and to go in their own direction creates the true adventures of childhood. It is like magic to be able to watch them develop, learn and grow just by experiencing different things.

Boy and Dog Meet Abstract Art

Set up an abstract art painting station for your children and watch their creativity bloom. If the weather is nice, you can send them outside to paint. We were lucky to find our larger than life canvas on sale, but a large piece of cardboard could also be used. Once the painting is finished, ask the children to tell you about their painting. Sometimes the stories they come up with are a whole new adventure.

Let art happen in your home.

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Go on an Abstract Art Adventure

34 Comments


  1. I absolutely love this and his painting. It came out great – so much color and emotion. Beautiful.

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  2. That is an amazing painting. I love it. Thanks so much for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link up Party. I hope you join us next week as well. Have a lovely week!

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  3. OMG, I LOVE that painting! There is something so wonderful about abstract art. I am a firm believer that projects like this are essential…you can never go wrong with creative exploration and expression!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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  4. How wonderful – what an amazing activity, leading to an amazing piece of art. It must be fun growing up in your house #pintorials

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  5. Omg now that is an awesome painting!! I can’t wait for my daughter to be a tad bit older because I really want to do something similar with her. I just want her to understand what she’s doing better so that’s why I want her older lol

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  6. This is awesome! My son loves to paint. He just learned about abstract art in his class at school, so I’m sure he would love a space to do it at home too.

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  7. This was wonderful. I need to do this! Its an eye opener to see their artwork when they have free range!

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  8. Wow-what an incredible artist! That must have been so fun to watch him let his creative side loose. My oldest would really enjoy painting on a canvas that large!

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  9. I did something similar last summer. We just painted whatever we wanted. The piece is one of a kind and hanging up in our guest bedroom for all to see.

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  10. I love how the art turned out.. .awesome activity to try with my kids!

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  11. That looks like a fun process and the final result is a keepsake for years to come. I also love letting my kids describe their art. They come up with such interesting descriptions!

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  12. Um…can I just say…WOW! What a talented boy you have! And I love that you have nurtured his inner artist! Great idea to have it outside!

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    1. Thank you, that’s so sweet of you to say. Outside is the best place for messy projects, but sometimes we have to be brave and let them be messy inside.

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  13. I totally love this idea! My kiddo often comes home and wants to unwind somehow, and usually wants to turn to a video game. I miss those days when we used to do fun art projects and take day trips, but I understand his days are different now and I know he works very hard at school. I think he would really love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I’m sure you know, but I Love this!! I love watching what they can create if you just let them. What a beautiful piece of art that you can treasure!

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  15. I love the idea of letting kids paint on canvas. We’d have to do it outdoors though. My kids are far too messy with paint!

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