This week’s “Collaborations” piece: “The Keyhole That Unlocks Pink Sands Beach,” Anonymous

CultureChild: Parent-child Art Projects
I’m on an island vacation this week for my daughter’s spring break, and believe it or not, we are finding lots of creative things to do at the beach—we’re taking breaks in the shade to draw, making Origami and creating solar prints with sand dollars, shells, found objects and sun-sensitive paper (using Toysmith’s Solar Print Kit).  We’ve also been building a giant sandcastle.  

Remember how much fun it was to build sandcastles as a kid?  Well, it’s still fun.  One gentleman took a shovel to the sand and carved out a giant keyhole.  Almost all the children—locals and tourists—and many of their parents who have visited a certain section of the beach on Harbour Island during the past two days, have contributed to what the kids dubbed “The Keyhole That Unlocks Pink Sands Beach.”  Lots of smaller popup villages made of sand drippings are cropping up around it.  The kids are sure having fun and keeping busy!

This week’s “Collaborations” piece: The Fishman Ultimatum iMovie

After watching my friend’s hilarious parents-children-babysitter-and-dog iMovie collaboration (which pays homage to The Bourne Ultimatum and with which she surprised her husband with last Father’s Day and after further reading about iMovies on The Mac Switch, I am considering switching to a Mac laptop.  I could take our home videos to a whole new level.  Watch, and you may be inspired, too.

This week’s “Collaborations” piece is by Chris Brogan


I learned that Chris Brogan, social marketing expert and co-author of the bookTrust Agents, also writes a parenting blog called Dad-O-Matic.  This blog shares parenting news, views, experiences and advice from the dad’s perspective.  Given his background, he also writes a lot about media literacy.

While in this Family Media Projects YouTube piece, Chris offers collaborative ideas for commemorating the holidays, these are great ideas to document any family celebration.

Chris suggests bringing a camcorder or digital recorder to family gatherings and interviewing older family members about things they remember from their childhoods and things they remember their parents telling them about their parents’ childhoods.  It’s great to capture these memories on film to show the grandchildren and future generations.

He also suggests passing the video camera around the room having each person say what they are going to remember most about the past year and to store their responses in a video file.  He brings up a good point: “You never know what’s going to happen in the next year, and it would be great to have video of the people that you love and care for talking about the things that matter to them.”

Have fun documenting your own family memories.

This week’s "Collaborations" pieces were created by Mark Cole and his sons

CultureChild: Parent-child Art Collaborations

In these collaborations, each of Mark’s sons painted a picture then he worked on top of their paintings with ink.

Here is what he said about his process: 
“When I work on collaborative drawings with the children, I first let them make a watercolor painting on paper and I later react to it by drawing on top of it with ink. Sometimes this means finding a way to enhance their part of the work and sometimes it just means staying out of the way of the wonderful thing they have already created.  It always means doing something that fits with the spirit of what they have started with.  It is very tempting to tell them what I want when they are working but it is always better to let them do whatever they feel like which in turn opens new doors for the finished drawing by making it fresh and unexpected. ”

This week’s "Collaborations" piece was created by Armand Rusillon and his daughter

CultureChild: Parent-child art collaboration entitled, “Kitchen Door.”

Passing time on a white, wintry morning.

Introducing "Collaborations"

CultureChild: “The Red Studio” by Henri Matisse

It dawned on me during my research for this blog that among the benefits of connecting children to painting, sculpture, dance, music, photography, storytelling, design, theater and art at large, the most wonderful benefit of all is the deepening of our connection to our children through art that we experience together.

Every time I see my daughter joyfully creating “masterpieces” on her plastic foldaway picnic table, her “Red Studio,” as we’ve dubbed it, I am pleasantly reminded of the morning we spent with other families at MoMA, sprawled underneath Henri Matisse’s celebrated painting “The Red Studio,” drawing fanciful depictions of our favorite places.

With this fond memory in mind, I am happy to introduce “Collaborations,” an ongoing series in my blog showcasing beautiful collaborations between artists (or art lovers) and their children.