Archive for ‘Children’

May 31, 2011

Stone Cold Bottoms

Following up from my ‘Tesla Magic’ post I’ve been thinking about the art experience and children.

When we think of children and art we tend to think of finger painting in pre-school and lino cuts at primary school, but it doesn’t have to be art at their level, so to speak.

I’m quite careful not to ‘dumb down’ my language for our kids. As a speech and drama teacher I value language – its complexity, its subtlety, its nuances. I want our boys to develop an excellent command of English, and indeed, any language that they later care to learn. With this in mind, I speak to them in the language that I feel best transmits the message I have for them. I use long words, obscure words, any and all appropriate words – and sentence structures too. I do, of course, understand that they won’t always comprehend these more ‘grown up’ utterances so I’m also happy to provide a ‘little person’ translation when what I’ve said draws a blank look.

The point is, that I realize that, in the same way that we expose our children to language, we can expose them to art, including the visual arts.

We had our boys with us at the Sarjeant Gallery on the weekend. Our youngest was his usual placid self and either drank things in quietly or had enough of his own thoughts to occupy him. Our three year old, however, charged around and had a good look at everything in his quite active way. He found the wooden dogs in the Song of the Woods collection of some interest and was, I hear, quite intrigued by a manufactured tree with bits of person dangling from it. My husband was most amused, however, when our little man discovered a statue of two men wrestling. “Dey got no pants on!” he declared. Indeed they were nude. He then had to touch their marble bottoms to see what this was all about. Then their curly hair.

I’m not exactly sure what he took from the experience but I’m sure he filed a few new ideas away in his wee brain.

Take your children to an art gallery once in a while, just as you would a museum. Expose them to these things. They might have to be short trips to match short attention spans, but that’s OK. You can go back for another look later.

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March 28, 2011

So, show me your colour scheme . . .

What colour is your furniture?

What shades are your walls and your curtains?

If you’re looking to invest in a family portrait to hang on your wall, these are questions you need to ask yourself.

I know what you’re thinking: “what have my curtains got to do with photography?”. Well, you’re going to hang those photographs somewhere aren’t you? If you choose a location and clothes that don’t work with your decor, you’re going to get those portraits home and note, with immense frustration, that you don’t have anywhere to hang them. If you don’t hang them, you can’t enjoy them. Simple really.
Imagine that your home decor is all in autumn colours – russet reds and burnt oranges for instance. Then imagine that you all wear beautiful pastel colours, well coordinated of course, to your session. The two won’t mix well.

So, in what sort of tones is your house, or the room you want to hang your portraits in, decorated?

Once you’ve asked yourself this, and found the answer, you need to discuss the answer with your photographer.

One of the reasons I like to meet clients in their homes is that it gives me an opportunity to see their living environment. I can get a feel for their style and their decor. All this information helps me to advise them on the most suitable locations for their session and give them more tailored clothing suggestions. I can also visualise and develop a concept for their session that will work better for them. In short, it takes some guess work out of it for me, and helps me to give my clients a more satisfying result.

So, show me your colour scheme . . .

March 12, 2011

A photo for today.

Just a photograph for the day. Mr one year old has been sitting very happily in the sand pit, all by himself, playing.

Baby in the sand pit

 

October 27, 2010

Dear Mommy . . .

Kids say and do the darndest things and this just takes the cake. Can you imagine reading this letter from your child? I don’t think I’d know whether to laugh or cry!

funny kids pictures - diary mom
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October 23, 2010

How to Handle a Howler

I, thankfully, have not yet had to deal with a toddler supermarket meltdown. I believe that this is more likely due to good luck than good management.

However good my luck may have been to date, though, (or however good to me the Lord has been in this regard) it is likely to happen one day. With this in mind I took care to read Amy E. Stevens’ post Small Screaming Banshees. Forewarned is forearmed after all.

P.S. Don’t take this to mean that my children are complete angels who never throw wobblies. They’re not, they just don’t tend to throw them in public – much to my relief.

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