Cordelia has heard talk of art and artists her whole life. With two artists/art historians for parents she really had no choice in the matter. Now I don't feel compelled to push this girl to be an artist or anything that she doesn't want to be, but I do want to encourage her to learn in all directions.
Recently Eric and I were picking up sketchbooks for ourselves and on a lark we purchased one for Cordelia as well. I pretty much assumed it would be a passing novelty, but I was wrong. She is drawing all the time. She loves it! We open her book, give her something to draw with and let her go. If you try this I highly recommend that you get titles or descriptions of the work, it's the best part. Cordelia has created pieces entitled, Cow in a Twister, Cat and Germs are Friends, Volcano, Cat in Sunglasses, etc.
Interestingly, when we review the scribbled on pages (of which there are MANY) she will often recall the titles that she gave the works. Boggles the mind.
We have also noticed her making claims such as,"Can I be an artist when I grow up?" Regardless of the direction she takes in the future I think it is our job to foster her creativity in the present. So, when I am working on a project I set her up with her own as well.
Recently I grabbed a small and cheap canvas at the store and let her go to town. Well, first I covered the table in newspaper and set up a good work space for her. I also limited her to acrylic paint and one color of her choice at a time so we wouldn't be dealing with a brown mess.
When she decided the picture was complete she was incredibly proud of her accomplishment. It now has a good location in our home where she can look at it and feel satisfaction in her own accomplishments.