Growing Up To Be An Artist

Yesterday I shared this post with my kindergarten families, on my Hilltop Kindergarten blog.  This is a book you need to run out and buy right now!  It’s simply perfect, so I had to share this post on my Literacy Blog too.  Here it is:

Is it possible to be in love with a book?  This is an amazing book by Lois Ehlert.  It’s the story of her childhood, in relation to art and creativity.  I don’t consider myself to be an artist, but I do love to sew, take photos, and create beautiful landscapes in my garden.  I enjoy refinishing furniture and will paint a room in my house, any chance I get.  Although I don’t think of myself as an artist, I do like to think I’m creative.

Creativity is what this book is all about.  The author talks about how sewing, gardening, and woodwork helped nurture her creativity.

If you’re not familiar with Lois Ehlert’s work, in most of her books she uses a collage technique for her illustrations.

In Writer’s Workshop today, we used a collage technique too!  Is there anything better than nurturing creativity in kindergarten?

Kids made beach scenes, cats, robots, and gardens.  The sky was the limit and their creativity took over.

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I’d like to leave you with a quote from Hands, where Lois Ehlert talks about her childhood creativity.

 “My folding table was my own spot.  I hope you, too, will find a spot of your own.  Creativity is within all of us; we just need time -and a place- to nurture it.”

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