• Élyse

Connecting the dots

Mis à jour : 24 oct. 2019

Recently, my mother was going through souvenir boxes and he came across my first colouring books. Childhood drawings are full of time travel magic. They connect you to your past, illustrate pieces of your true authentic self and they capture moments, ideas, an intentions that not even a picture can fully grasp. Thanks Maman for keeping these drawings, I'm going to conserve them as a reminder in my work today as an art cheerleader.

My first drawings include no people, no dogs, no cats, no rainbows. Just dots, dots, and dots. Pages, and pages, and books full of lines of multi-coloured dots. After book 3 of dots, I think I get the gist of it, and I'm going to move on to something else.

January 1988: "You draw dots, dots, and a succession of dots, for hours, meticulously..."

I'm connecting the dots. What I love about this is that my first drawings were spent gaining confidence with my pencil, drawing freely, exploring (and loving) colours, probably feeling accomplished after each page, and feeling happy and safe with my subject (dots). This is exactly the way I want to approach learning and creativity when making art with children, and their grownups!

My parents tell me that one day, I (radically?!) ended the dot epoch, and started drawing family gatherings, tree house plans, insects etc. At the age of 4, I could even replicate the Mona Lisa with pastels, so you better get your kids drawing dots (haha, no this is not true)!

We are often pressed, or we press others, to draw "something". Meanwhile we might be missing out on huge developmental "happenings", preparing for higher creativity. As a teacher, I've heard educators and parents judge or worry about repetition in children's drawings. If this is what you're looking for, you're just a click away. In my opinion and experience, I think we must embrace the value of repetition as part of our creative process. Let's draw, draw, draw, repeat, and see where the dots will connect us to.

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