Painting with Kids – Our Family

Painting with kids is so much fun and the boys both love it! It has been one of my favorite activities to do with them! Dominic started finger painting when he was just a year old. And Graham started even earlier! We pull out the paint, brushes and paper a couple of times a week. Everyone knows that Dominic loves painting and many family members have given him painting activity gifts for his birthday and Christmas presents in the past.

A Day in the Life. Documentary Family Photography Session in Knoxville, TN. Painting. A Day in the Life. Documentary Family Photography Session in Knoxville, TN. Painting.

I find it interesting that painting seems to be quite calming for the boys. It puts them in a good mood. Dominic has become very neat and rarely makes much of a mess. He uses a weekly vitamin storage case for a paint pallet – and it works great! I’ve loved watching his painting technique change as he gets older. He went from being super messy with finger paints {painting as much of himself as the paper}. Then he started messily using a brush. And now he’s very neat, concentrated, and deliberate with his painting.

A Day in the Life. Documentary Family Photography Session in Knoxville, TN. Painting with kids.

Graham didn’t do much finger painting because he saw Dominic using a brush, so of course he needed to use one too! He loves doing things the same way that Dominic does them. Graham paints very quickly! He did 4 pages in the time that Dominic did 2. He’s still in the quickly swirling stage and isn’t very deliberate with what he’s painting yet. Before I know it, Graham will be more grown up and painting the way that Dominic paints now. And Dominic’s painting style will change too. Kids really do grow and change so quickly! And our activities and daily life with them changes right along with them as they grow.

A Day in the Life. Documentary Family Photography Session in Knoxville, TN. Painting with kids.

Even though painting with kids can be very messy, I always enjoy seeing what the boys paint. I love that this is a part of our regular life and that these are memories we will cherish forever.

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