My two neighborhood mom friends are working moms, so they signed up their daughters for a late afternoon mixed media class at 4cats art studio, because it worked with their post-daycare pre-dinner schedules. My time is flexible, so I thought sure, this will be great. Sonya will get to do art with her friends and I’ll get to catch up with mine, too. Without thinking about the natural flow of our late afternoon routine, I gave in to peer pressure.
Sonya and Leena wake up from their naps around four in the afternoon. By the time they eat a snack and Sonya finishes strapping on her shoes, we’re usually running very late, if we even make it at all. The art studio is up the hill past the playground, and sometimes little feet get sidetracked. When I do manage to steer Sonya past the swings and the slides, where she plays every afternoon except on art class days, she has a hard time focusing on new tasks that close to dinner. I have to repeat each instruction several times, but she often gets distracted mid-step. Then she wanders around and inspects the pots of paintbrushes, pokes the artwork hanging on the walls, or goes to the window and waves at people passing on the street.
I assembled most of this ladybug while Leena tried to snatch and devour chunks of clay. Sonya rolled balls for the head and each of the dots, but it was really up to me to put it all together. Sonya did paint it, though, and she did a wonderful job. She’s really proud of it, and I think that’s money and effort well-spent, even if the experience is a bit haphazard and oddly-timed for us. We’re definitely going to continue taking art classes! Like the wonderful portrait painting class, which was with older kids, and therefore, didn’t require me to stay, we might pick something similar and earlier in the day so that we can all enjoy it more!
Just a few more classes of this session to go! We’re currently working on a papier-mâché fish.