I'm so happy to report that Ivo is once again interested in doing art. Seeing his supplies arranged in their new environment has made them more appealing somehow, and with the colder weather bringing us indoors more and more, he's made quite a little studio for himself in the breakfast nook. Last week we arranged some "wonders of nature" and set up the paints. How funny that even though there is no real attempt to mimic the forms of these natural objects, their simple presence enlivens the senses and brings the artistic efforts into focus. I mostly just painted on the paper, but Ivo filled his paper and was then moved to cover a few shells and a lotus seed head with a beautiful wash of blue.
This weekend I'm going to scan through all of my waldorf and preschool art books and try to come up with some good ideas to keep in mind for the upcoming weeks. We've fallen out of the habit of doing our handwork projects, so maybe we can even pick that up again in time for holiday gift giving. I was trying to hold off on the Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving, but I think if we want to do handmade-by-Ivo gifts it's better to start early and go slow and steady. So if you have any ideas or links to share I would love to hear them!