There’s a great scene in the film “Six Degrees of Separation” (based on the eponymous John Guare play) where the Stockard Channing character, a woman immersed in art, recounts a dialogue with her child’s second grade teacher. ‘Why are all your students geniuses?’ she asks. ‘Look at the first grade – blotches of green and black. The third grade – camouflage. But your grade, the second grade, Matisses, every one…What is your secret?’ The teacher replies: ‘I don’t have any secret. I just know when to take their drawings away from them.’ If you think your little one has been tapped by the art angels (and you can grab the art at just the right moment!), why not bring his drawings to 3D life? That’s the new millennium thing to do–and there are options.
At KidzCanDesign.com, they turn one-of-a-kind drawings of butterflies and smiley faces into precious keepsakes like Sterling Silver charms and pendants. And Wendy Tsao of Child’s Own Studio makes plush toys based on children’s drawings – animals, stick figures, buildings, even unidentified objects (which may or may not be flying). The before and after pictures are a hoot. But remember: genius is often laughed at at first!