Art Class

Our Disney season passes are set to expire next week, so after we finished our school work, we loaded up the van and aimed it toward Disney Studios at Disney World.

This has become a favorite park, ever since the girls overcame their fear of Rockin’ Roller Coaster.

After I became suitably nauseous from back to back roller coaster/Tower of Terror rides, we attended an attraction that demonstrated how animated characters are created.  We were able to sit in a short hands on class to receive instruction on how to draw a simple Disney character.  The art teacher sat in the front with a large overhead projector, as she demonstrated step by step how to draw Winnie the Pooh.

We each had our own sharpened #2 pencil and a large sheet of paper on which to draw.  At one point, I looked over at Jensen’s paper.  He was completely disregarding the art teacher’s instruction, and was putting the finishing touches on his 5th and final Backyardigan.  And to answer your unspoken question, yes, he is a bit of a challenge to homeschool.

When the class had finished, the art teacher came by and collected some samples of the art work for show and tell up on the overhead projector at the front of the room.  

She came by and collected Emme and Cailey’s artwork, and took a special interest in Jensen’s.  He explained to her that they were the Backyardigans.  She looked confused.  “Another network,” I offered.  Ah yes, as she walked to the front of the room to display my children’s art.  She asked Jensen to name each one, and he proudly complied.

As we were driving home, he was reminiscing about the day, and his near brush with artistic stardom.  “Well, I did TRY to draw Winnie the Pooh, but it was just too terrifying, especially since I  drew a head and ONLY ONE EYE.

And just to be clear, the perfectly landscaped Pooh suitable for framing to the left of Jensen’s Backyardigan’s belonged to Fiddledaddy.  And so it should be clear that my children have all inherited their artistic talents NOT FROM ME.

February 17, 2011

5 Responses to Art Class

  • I like the backyardian drawing,it has the most free will 🙂
    Yay for Jensen.
    Nice bears too though

  • Wow! Even without being told it was the Backyardigans, I would have known. Love the details on Tasha’s dress & everything. Such artists in your house!

  • Hey, I was there yesterday drawing Piglet (well, more like a santa type gnome Piglet). That was fun! First time ever! We will be making that a regular stop on our DS agenda!

    Your Pooh Bears are fantastic! I would have known without looking that those were the Backyardagins! Wow! Thought I was watching an episode! He could be the artistic plumber!

    Loved the “after our school work was done” disclaimer. heeheehee 😉

  • Wow! Jensen’s Backyardigans are really good. And Fiddledaddy’s Pooh Bear is awesome! I’m jealous of that art class. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned our extensive Winnie-the-Pooh collection. In the early years of our marriage we started collecting all things Pooh Bear. All of our girls had Pooh nurseries. Our family room is still bedecked with our collectible Pooh plates, and our Christmas tree was entirely Winnie-the-Pooh (until this last year when my now teenage girls rebelled against such baby-ish things.) I will always love that “silly old bear!”

  • I love that drawing attraction. I love to sneak in the “back door” and go straight there from the store and try to get in before a new class starts. I have a collection of various characters my husband and I, even my parents, have drawn over the visits. I’d love to frame a few, especially when our little one (soon little two) are able to draw there too. I hope they keep that open for a long, long time!

    And I agree FiddleDaddy’s is amazing and those backyardigans are awesome! We’ve never got to draw Pooh before.