Tank just isn't into it.
When asked to draw something specific he will do it haphazardly and monochromatically. Then he goes back to building LEGOS.
Recently he brought home a folder full of squiggly art from school. He shuffled it towards me while mumbling that he didn't like art.
I pulled up a chair and looked at his work, filled with beautiful abstract pieces of color and swirl. Maybe he intended to scribble and thought nothing of it. But I took the moment to instill some pride in his chosen medium.
I got the computer and loaded up images of Picasso and Jackson Pollock. I tried, with my limited knowledge, to explain the difference between realism, impressionism and abstract art. I explained that more than anything else, art is about expression, beautiful depending on who is looking at it, who it moves.
He beamed and has been scribbling more ever since.
And now when his teachers ask him what he's drawing he smiles with pride and says, "it's abstract art inspired by Pollock."
Scribble on, son. Scribble on.
|Inspired by Pollock|
|My favorite "Picasso"|