Every kid has a hero. Some kids idolize superheroes. Some kids look up to a favorite uncle or parent. My kid idolizes his big brother.
From the time BooBoo was old enough to hold a crayon, he’s been peeking over Boy Wonder’s artistic shoulder trying desperately to follow in his big brother’s creative footsteps. So I suppose it came as no surprise when BooBoo began begging to take art lessons at age 5 just as his brother had. There was just one little problem – the cost.
With Boy Wonder still enrolled in art classes and now BooBoo, we’d be shelling out over $200 a month in lessons! That’s a luxury few parents can afford and we are certainly no exception. But how could/should/would we say no to such artistic passion? Because this kid had it, you guys, perhaps even more than Boy Wonder ever did.
I just knew that somehow we had to make it happen. So with a little budget slashing here and few sacrifices there, we decided to give it a go. And oh, how it went.
Something in BooBoo blossomed in art class that I still have a hard time understanding. He was able to focus, really focus, for the first time ever. He listened, tried, and cared in ways I hadn’t seen from him before. Soon he began finding inspiration everywhere, from cobwebs in the corner of his bedroom ceiling to insects he encountered while digging with a stick, and he drew them all.
Young artist at work 1 of 22
Take a look at the progress BooBoo is making in art class. Please know that he is so incredibly excited that you're taking the time to view his work, so thank you.
1st art class! 2 of 22
BooBoo beamed with pride at the conclusion of his first art lesson. I had a feeling we were in for something good!
Airplane 3 of 22
Created 1-16-13; medium used: crayon
"I like this picture because it's my first one and I like that it has a star on it."
1st art show! 4 of 22
A month after BooBoo started lessons, his art school hosted their annual student art show that he was able to participate in. Look at all that pride!
Steamboat 5 of 22
Created 1-23-13; medium used: marker
"The purple stuff is mountains and this boat is on a wide sea."
Hummingbird 6 of 22
Created 1-26-13; medium used: colored pencil
"I like the feet holding on and the sharp beak. This was not really hard."
Whale 7 of 22
Created 2-2-13; medium used: colored pencil
"I like about it because it's swimming near the bottom of the ocean and because it has an open mouth. I think I did a great job."
Snake 8 of 22
Created 2-16-13; medium used: watercolor
"Using watercolor was kind of fun and cool and I like about it that the snake has this shadow."
Rabbit 9 of 22
Created 3-9-13; medium used: oil pastel
"Oil pastels were fun but they get on my clothes and [mom] gets mad about it. I like this rabbit because it has the right things that bunnies do have."
Starfish 10 of 22
Created 3-23-13; medium used: pastel
"This one looks funny, just like real starfish do."
Princess 11 of 22
Created 4-6-13; medium used: pastel
"I don't really like anything about this picture because it's a princess. My mom like it because she's a girl."
Dragon 12 of 22
Created 4-27-13; medium used: oil pastel
"I like that this guy has spikes, sharp claws and teeth. It was kind of hard to make."
Snail 13 of 22
Created 5-11-13; medium used: oil pastel
"This was fun and it felt funny to do. And I like about it that it kind of looks like Gary from SpongeBob."
Mountain goat 14 of 22
Created 5-24-13; medium used: pastel
"Its eyes look weird. This one took a long time."
Turtle 15 of 22
Created 6-8-13; medium used: oil pastel
"This was easy to do and I like it because I like turtles."
Lizard 16 of 22
Created 6-15-13; medium used: oil pastel
"I like lizards too so this was cool to do and it's colorful and that's good."
Flamingo 17 of 22
Created 7-13-13; medium used: oil pastel
"I like doing this one because flamingos look funny and stand on their feet funny."
Hippo 18 of 22
Created 7-27-13; medium used: oil pastel
"I liked making this because hippos are fat and I like that about them."
I. am. a. ro-bot. 19 of 22
Mr. Roboto in action.
Robot 20 of 22
Created 8-17-13; medium used: oil pastel
"I like robots and it's standing on a planet."
Patrick 21 of 22
Created 8-24-13; medium used: watercolor
"In SpongeBob the show, Patrick is so dumb and it's funny. Watercolors are hard because the paint goes everywhere".
Lotus flower 22 of 22
Created 9-7-13; medium used: watercolors
"This was fun to make but a little hard. Watercolors are hard."