Preschool Art 2007
During her 3rd year, 2007, Jo Jo started painting in higher volume with more dexterity and purpose. Her paintings usually had something to do with Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood, with rivers (the lines), trees (blobs), and rocks (more blobs of color). In her fourth year, 2008, she began attempting more realistic renditions of somewhat recognizable creatures (animals). Interestingly enough, she has done very little in the way of people, except during the time when mom was pregnant with her little brother. You won't have any trouble recognizing those drawings. Along with the marker, paint, and pen works, she would spend many hours creating patterns with her toys. For example, 20 dinosaurs arranged in a perfect circle, heads facing the inner circle, books of similar size and shape lined up from top to bottom, down the length of the house in a mock path through the forest, a variety of stuffed animals hanging from various doorknobs, drawer pulls, and house fixtures, dangling from each other like little red monkeys, or books balanced atop a cup, perched on the back of a stuffed animal. Jo Jo's parent continually found arrangements of interesting formations. Ask mom about the Beanie Baby kitty Jo Jo placed in a lamp shade, discovered by the smell of melting fur. Of course, she was just keeping the kitty warm. This age period also marks the beginning of extraordinary imaginative play. Jo Jo created elaborate scenarios, dictating to all parties the part they were to play, never tiring of the constant energy required by expression of her creativity. Many of these were focused on baby animals hatching from eggs. For several years, the Easter eggs were never put away as they were played with year round.