Ever wondered what to do with the stacks and stacks of artwork from your budding little artist? Well if you read this blog you will know there are lots of things you can do!

First you can choose your favorite drawing and have me paint it onto canvas in acrylics to create an heirloom for both you and your child to last their lifetime. Something you should definitely do if you haven’t done it yet!

Then you can scan the rest of the art and store it on Cd’s, set up digital galleries and send copies to the relatives. But that can take a ‘boatload’ of work, so you may not get to it right away.

What if there was a way that your kids could scan, sort, store and send their art in a safe and easy way, all by themselves?

Well I had the pleasure of meeting, through this big ol’ web, a really neat family who figured out how to do this. Their company is called Art Bug Mail.

Originally out of the UK they are now living in my beautiful Province of British Columbia, Canada and thought I would ‘put the bug in your ear’ about their cool service. Check it out at www.artbugmail.com



As adults we know that childhood is precious and fleeting, so why are our kids in such a rush to grow up?

My husband came across a thought provoking little story that I would like to share with you.

Interview with God

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

"So you would like to interview me?" God asked.

"If you have the time" I said.

God smiled. "My time is eternity."
"What questions do you have in mind for me?"

"What surprises you most about humankind?"

God answered…

"That they get bored with childhood,
they rush to grow up, and then
long to be children again."

The other day while waiting at the schoolyard for our kids, another mom and I watched as two kids from my daughter’s fifth grade class were kissing.

Both of us Mom’s were surprised to see these children we knew in such a hurry to grow up, while our children were still playing in their tree-house and arranging ball-hockey games in the street.

We both were thankful our kids still wanted to be kids….. for the time being. Somewhat nervous of the upcoming teen years, neither one of us is in a big hurry for them to grow up.

It is sad that ‘youth is so often wasted on the young’ as someone wise once said.

It should be a time to be held onto for as long as you can, and maybe even beyond when it is socially acceptable to do so!

(Note to my children: What I mean by this is to always have the heart of a child…. Not, that you can live in my house till you’re 40! )


Depending on who you talk to, ‘big dollars’ from ‘big corporations’ trickling into the classroom is either a ‘fantastic opportunity to better our children’s educational experience’ or an ‘evil infiltration by marketers into the tender minds of our little ones!’ …. Well, talk about a topic to liven up your next Parent Advisory Council meeting!?!

I think, the ‘side-of-the-fence’ the bulk of the parents at that meeting would sit on, would really depend on the current financial situation of the school at the time.

Maybe the school is a brand-new one like ours, where the parents are faced with the task of fundraising $120,000 for a playground and the thought of some one else ‘chipping in’ seems fantastic. Even if that meant we had to put up a plaque naming the contribtor.

Or maybe it’s an older, established school where extra funds aren’t as critical, so the thought of some big company ‘selling their wares’ directly to the children seems manipulative.

Watch this 6 part documentary done by Global Television about Corporations in the Classroom and decide for yourself how you feel about this topic.

One thing I do know is that this issue will affect my family directly.

The High School our children will be attending is Sullivan Heights. (The one near the end of the documentary who ‘sold their soul’ to Bell to get The Bell Center Theatre attatched to the side of it.)

Having attended a couple of functions in the beautiful theatre and seen all of the wonderful ammenities the school has afforded because of Bell’s sponsorship, I am at a bit of a loss as to the ‘evilness’ of it all.

No matter what your opinion is on whether or not big corporations should have their marketing messages delivered directly to the children of your school, they are already being heavily targeted in their everyday life.

So just to be safe, teach your childen a little about business at home. Teach them how to use their own minds when it comes to marketing messages and how to be wise consumers… Kids don’t have to be ‘mush brained sponges’.

After all, corporations can’t sell us, what we don’t want to buy!



I have noticed that several of you have come to this site looking for Paleolithic Cave Drawings because of a previous post, Paleolithic Cave Drawings – Ancient Kid Art?

Doing a Google search I see that finding pictures of Cave Drawings is not such an easy task… but I did find a really great site out of France that I think you and your kids will enjoy.

The Cave of Lascaux site is interactive, intriguing, educational and beautiful to look at, so make sure to check it out!

If you let me know why you are looking for pictures of cave art, I will be happy to post more info when I find it.


Your child is one-of-a-kind… So why should their room be just like every
Cameron, Justin and Ashley’s?

There are many great choices for kid’s room decor out there and the media is picking up on it.

Debra Smith a writer for the Daily Herald in Everett, WA. got it right when
she said in her article titled, Making the Scene, Options galore for
decorating kid’s rooms

"Not too long ago, just about the only choice when it came to kids’ bedroom
walls was what color to paint them.

Now more choices than ever are available…"

She goes on to mention a few of the companies offering fantastic choices out there for Kid’s Rooms. Along with a couple of ‘The Big Kids’ like Pier 1 and Pottery Barn Kids, our "Look What I Drawed!" KidArt Company was also listed. (Yeah!)

It is exciting to know that other companies like us recognize, "cookie
cutter" kid’s rooms are not what every child or their parent wants.

That creativity, artistic expression and individuality are as important for
the growing child as they are for the mature adult.

Thank God there’s finally starting to be some choices out there!

After all, how can we keep telling our kids the importance of being
themselves, and then keep decorating their rooms like everyone else’s?


You love and appreciate the artwork of the great masters over the centuries, and you would love to share that passion with your children, but there is no way in hell you could get them into a museum… Maybe this will help!

This cool video morphs famous paintings of women spanning over 500 years! It’s beautiful, artistic, covers several different genres and is extremely cool to boot.

Watch this with your kids and don’t tell them you’re trying to expand their cultural horizons. Just sit back and listen to them say COOL!!! Maybe they’ll even say it more than once!


When I showed my kids the Laser Light Crayons by Philips, they started begging! "Can you buy that for us, PLEASE?!?…."

Not yet available this amazing child’s toy is the coolest high-tech art equipment for kids that you will ever find! Basically, (if you could call something like this basic) the toy is a high-tech paint bucket and laser brushes. You dip your light stick in the bucket, give it a stir to get your color and then ‘paint’ on the wall with light. There is even a magic wand to wave at your drawing to get it to move in animation!

There are so many things that make this product really cool. First is how the heck do they do that? Then there is the amazing way the colored light looks on the wall in the dark.

Also the creativity this would inspire is huge and like the Wii, it gets the child up on their feet moving their whole body, to make these giant light murals on the wall…. Genius!

I first tripped across the product watching videos on You-Tube.  Watch it and you will see just how cool it is.

After trying to find out who makes it and where I could get it, I finally found Lexie Smith’s website called Lexical Light talking about where to find info on the Laser Light Crayons. Thank you Lexie you found what I was finding a truly difficult product to find!

Philips (you know the guys that make razors) has prototypes for a whole new line of exciting products meant to improve peoples lives. The line called, Simplicity uses light therapy, interactive toys, diagnostic equipment, fitness aids etc.  enveloped in futuristic designs to enhance our homes and lives.

To see the cool kids room stuff go to the Move Your Body Tab on the site, as well has go through the interactive rooms they have there to see other high-tech stuff for your home, coming in the future. You’ll be blown away!

Warning…. The site is so cool you may just think you entered a time machine to the future and will become very dissatisfied with the current stuff in your home when you arrive back in reality!  So Beam me up Scotty, I’m ready for the future!


Deep within the treasures of the Richmond Museum of History in California laid a once forgotten collection of artworks from the children of a WWII-era Day Care Center.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle article, "The Art of War" the carefully preserved children’s art was discovered by retired UC Berkeley Professor Joe Fischer, who following a rumour of its existence, found the works in a back cabinet in the basement of the museum.

There are many things I find interesting about this story.

First is the rarity of such a large collection (4,000 pieces) of children’s artwork, so meticulously stored. Most children’s art especially that old has, be lost, damaged or destroyed.

There is also the subject matter of the children’s art. These children were brought together under very stressful times. Since most of the men in their lives were off fighting in the war, their mothers were left to work in the factories and shipyards at home.

At the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond a Day Care Center was formed, where the children spent up to 12 hours a day, while their mother’s worked. It is not surprising that the images that many of these wartime children chose to create were of the horrifying aspects of war rather than the happy images children typically create.

Another very interesting aspect to this story is the reason the collection was saved in the first place. Here is a quote from the article:

"Art teacher Monica Haley led the program when it opened in 1943 and made art a priority for the thousands of 2- to 12-year-olds who spent a large piece of their childhoods there. At least two hours every day were set aside for art, and the children had access to high-quality easels, smocks, poster paint and 18-by-24-inch paper in a calm atmosphere.

"Monica’s philosophy was to give the kids materials and an orderly environment and leave them alone," said Fischer, who has published several books on folk art. "She was way ahead of her time."

Haley was reportedly horrified one day when she asked one of the children how his mother enjoyed his painting, and he replied that she had wrapped the garbage in it. After that, the teachers were instructed to save nearly everything."

I find this quite ironic that it would take some one’s total disregard for their own child’s art, to spark someone else’s need to preserve it. Thank you Monica for your insight!

Another remarkable part of this story is the interviews of the adults who created some of the paintings as children. Hearing their stories and connecting the adult with the child’s art was truly amazing.

Betty Kano was one child in the art program who went on to become a noted abstract artist. If you look at the pictures posted in the article you can see that even at 5 years old she had talent. Though more than the natural talent she possessed, it was the lesson she learned at the Day Care of the value of painting that led her to become a great artist.

The artworks of these wartime children will be on exhibit at the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art from April 14th to June 3rd, 2007.

To see some of the fantastic collection of wartime children’s artwork read Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle’s article titled THE ART OF WAR MUSEUM STORAGE DISCOVERY: Carefully preserved paintings by children who spent long hours in WWII-era Richmond shipyard day care show young minds at work in time of conflict.

As you know I am crazy about all things, KidArt… But when you combine wonderful Kid’s Art with a great fundraising initiative that benefits kids, you have a winning combination!
Take the Eugene Active 20-30 Club for example. They are a group of young professionals (hence the 20-30) who have been dedicated to serving the needs of children since 1927.
I love what it says on their website: "A person never stands so tall, As when kneeling to help a child."
They volunteer and fund-raise for wonderful groups such as Big Brothers and Sisters, Junior Achievement, the Children’s Miracle Network, the YMCA and tons more!
Right now they have some funky items for sale based on artwork designed by the kids and volunteers they work with.
I am especially fond of the "Love on Earth" artwork. The colors are fantastic! The design is fresh and I can see the faint outlines of trees in the heart. Reminding me of our need to love the earth on which we live.
If you are interested in supporting kids through kid’s art, check out the Eugene Active 20-30 site at www.eugene2030.org

It is always interesting to hear people’s interpretations on a piece of artwork, especially a child’s!

I have just read a blog post from an artist who posted a painting from his early childhood so his readers could comment on whether or not a child’s art is truly art, and their interpretations of it.

What I loved about his post was his recognition of the extremely short career of the ‘child artist’. For a child grows up, and whether their skills develop or not, the simple mind of the child changes, and therefor so does the art.

I think it is very interesting to hear interpretations of kids art coming from adults. If you go to that blog post and read the comments from his readers (including a comment or two from me), you will see what I mean.

Adults like to complicate things….. make more out of them than what they really are.

(I have never been very good at that. If you were to eavesdrop on me in a gallery, you would hear me say things like, "Wow, that is gorgeous!", "I wonder how they did that technique?", or "I just don’t get that!") 🙂

From my experience, children are simple…. wise sometimes…. but simple.

They are what they are, and you can see it in their artwork.

They don’t ‘wax eloquent’ about their work, or try to make a greater meaning out of it. It just is.

Beautiful and simple….. Just like a child!