We started with her first painting experience here at about 13 months old. I was definitely the driver in that experience. Now though Eleanor knows exactly where her paint set, brush and paper are and will go get them out by herself. I just have to supply the cup of water and then she takes off painting. It is the best activity in my book because it keeps her happy and entertained and creative. I occasionally sit down and paint with her but not always.
Since Eleanor's been painting pretty much daily once she turned 2 years old, we've developed quite the stack of her artwork. I've been meaning to write a post about it for so long. While there are so many ways to track a child's development I think how they paint and color is an especially fun one. So here Eleanor's art journey (it's a lengthy post full of more children's art than the average person wants to see, just warning :)).
At two years old, Eleanor's paintings were looking like this...
I love when she started experimenting, using the bottom of the paintbrush to make lines.
^^"Done! It's peeeerfect, Mommy!"
She also went through a major rainbow phase for a while (and still occasionally does them). I usually start with the first few half circles and then she finishes the rest.
^^This was when Aaron and Annie were in town
And just this past month, Eleanor has started painting people too. She painted all these people in just one sitting! I was amazed. They are all various family members and she even remembers days later which one is which.
Her other recent kick is working on her E's. She's become very into looking for E's everywhere we go ("Look Mommy! It's an E for Eleanor!!).
^^She gets going on her horizontal lines and just can't stop :)
I love this girl and the way her mind works. She's creative, kind and silly.