Or should I call this post the Collaboration of Art...
With a 4.5 year old who is only now getting to grips with the idea of 'sharing', I traveled with him past the idea of sharing objects or having to give up your prized 'possession' for an hour. We went on adventure we called Collaboration, where sharing ideas was possible, good and productive. Creative mostly.
What tends to happen in my household is my son has a drawing book, and I have a drawing book, that way, no one has to worry about 'whose is whose'... but like many things, kids look at it as it is. So when I started to find drawings in my books, and on my half finished pieces, I sat my son down, and we talked about me 'sharing'... good role reversal there. We 'enforce' sharing is caring - that's what we make them accept, right? So, what's with this 'selective sharing' he asked..... hmmm...
So, the outcome is that we share books, he always starts on a blank page, and when he wants to colour in one of my pieces, he gives me a holler, and we talk about whether it's ok or not. Generally I feel art is better when it's a collaboration, so why not? I am not precious about my books, they are like diaries, showing a timeline of idea and technique progression.
There's so many things in there, such as why do we enforce sharing so young, and are we prepared to share our time and 'possessions' in return. Of course I'm not talking about the kitchen knife or dad's car, I'm talking about the things they see you doing, and want to be involved in.
Collaboration has taken on a bit of a bad reputation (since around the 2nd world war I believe, something about referring to "persons and groups which help a foreign occupier of their country", which later inferred Nazy German occupation in European countries)... but today, and especially when it comes to art, I certainly think we are dealing with it's original meaning of "the action of working with someone to produce or create something"...
So now collaboration is about sharing ideas, techniques, and perspectives. My passion is children's illustration, so what better way to be immersed in it, than seeing a picture of a dragon through the eyes/sketches of a child.
Above is a drawing where we've shared ideas, and he's drawn a dragon, and then I've copied his description. Other pictures I have show I've been asked to draw something and then he colours in, or he draws a bit, and then I draw a bit....
Experimentation, creativity and sharing.... that's what artistic collaboration should be all about.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.