At the west end of our block party on Sunday was the instant water park: a large kiddie pool and open fire hydrant. The water felt like it had been piped in from the arctic, but no one seemed to mind. H2O and playing in the middle of the street are equal parts of an indisputable equation for fun. Tots bounced while bigger kids sprayed the hose or danced in fire-hydrant rain.
On the east side of the street, a boy named T. and his buckets of chalk spearheaded an art movement for peeps of all ages. While he finished a little series on the growth stages of a rattlesnake, T. told me he liked animals. Then he asked if I wanted to see a long neck dinosaur, which he drew in less then a minute.
“You’re really talented,” I said, thinking I was chatting it up with a future cartoonist or animation artist.
“Do you want to come to my house and see my other art?” he asked eagerly.
My heart melted around the edges. “Thanks for the invitation,” I answered, as his dad smiled behind him. “Maybe someday I will come over.”
A few feet away, a busy toddler was using every color of chalk to make what I thought was a flower. When I asked her to tell me about it, without looking up, her one-word reply was “Clown.”
At the other end of the block were splashes of water. Here, splashes of color. All were living the delicious art of self-expression. And so my block of joyful kids inspired me to post a new piece of art in the Art of Becoming Gallery.
Today I’ve hung a wildly bold self-portrait by Max. See it here.
I hope T.’s dad will send in a photo of one his son’s masterpieces, and that you, too, will share a favorite from that art folder your child brought home at the end of the school year. Or maybe one of the kids in your life — a niece, nephew, grandchild or student — gave you a piece that’s displayed on your fridge or cupboard door.
Whether it’s recent piece, one from your archives or one of your own childhood art works, please snap a photo with your phone and send it in. You can read here about how to submit kids’ art and see the fabulous poster I’ll send you in return. What are you waiting for?
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