Sometimes you get an idea and it turns out to be wonderful.
That's what happened with a parent-child art activity I call, "Tandem Drawing."
It's perfect for kids who like lots of attention. (In other words: all kids.)
It's an idea that fosters family creativity and togetherness, even if your child, like mine, is reluctant to engage in art projects. You will definitely want to try it!
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The inspiration for tandem drawing was born out of my need for quiet time and my son's need for attention!
I adore these mixed media vellum art journals and work in my art journal regularly as a quiet time activity. My son isn't really into to quiet time activities! He rarely gets out his own journal, but he sometimes picks up a marker and tries to draw on my journal page in order to get my attention.
One evening, instead of saying, "you may draw in your own journal, this is mine," I decided to go with it and allowed him to start scribbling. I took my own pen and started following him around on the paper. This caught his interest and he went for it.
Watch the video below to see how tandem drawing works, then scroll down for more information on how to get started with your child!
To keep your child interested, try switching up the art supplies on each page. Here are some we tried:
- Flair pens. I like flair pens as a less-stinky alternative to Sharpies.
- I also let my son use my new favorite watercolor brush pens but these brush pens are a much cheaper alternative.
- Oil pastels or crayons
- Paint brushes with watercolor or acrylic paint
We went on like this for several pages in my journal, and I must say it was quite a bit of fun. We chased each other with the pens, sometimes we mirrored each other's movements. Sometimes we tried to interfere (in a friendly way) with each other's drawings, and sometimes we just did our own thing.
It's great fun and will soon become your favorite family art activity!
Other successful attempts at sparking creativity in my reluctant artist: