Today is the 17th of the Jewish month of Tammuz, and we are thinking about Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, our Holy City, whose ancient walls were breached on this day many many years ago. And yet, we remember this day each and every year, and I thought it was so very appropriate that my almost nine year old daughter's first oil painting, (a value study) that she brought home this week, reminds me so very much of the lovely rolling hills of Jerusalem!
While oil painting isn't generally taught to children of this age, my daughter's teacher realized that she is able to understand some of the painting theory (yippee!) that one needs to paint with oil, and so here we go!
I never studied painting (yet), so I'm excited that my daughter has the chance and seems to be loving it so far. Of course if she didn't love it, that would be fine too, the main thing is to present our children with the opportunity to develop skills and find activities that bring them joy. And then we're one step closer to helping our children lead balanced lives, and at the end of the day, balance really is the key to everything, right?