Parent-Child Art Collaborations Wow The World


I love colouring with my daughter. There’s nothing quite like sitting down with a huge box of crayons — every colour in the world — and a fresh sheet of paper, completely empty, yet filled with possibilities. I find colouring with her an incredibly calming activity which includes the added luxury of being able to watch her artistic side come through and amaze me with her creations.

Recently, we’ve seen a few parent-child art collaborations in the news, and I wanted to share two today.

First, artist Fred Giovannitti started a business trip tradition with his daughters — ages 6 and 8 — where they would send him off with a drawing of their own creation and he would return from the trip with the image completely coloured in and modified. Check out the fantastic transformations below:

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How cool is this? I love the colours!

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According to dad Fred, this is a tradition that’ll stick around “for many years to come”.

When I first spotted these daddy-daughter pics, I was instantly reminded of Mica Angela Hendricks‘ mash-ups with her daughter earlier this year. After Mica’s four-year-old daughter insisted she be allowed to draw in her artist mother’s books (“If you can’t share, we might have to take it away if you can’t share”), the young girl was given permission to finish off a picture her mother had started… and the rest is history!

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I’m completely smitten with the results of this clever partnership!

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“She never hesitated in her intent,” says mom Mica. “She wasn’t tentative. She was insistent and confident that she would of course improve any illustration I might have done. …And the thing is, she DID.”


You can actually purchase the fruits of their partnership via Society6.

What do you think of these parent-child works of art? Do you colour with your kids?

Desiree Fawn

Désirée Fawn is a Canadian mom, blogger, and doula. She’s a tea enthusiast, social media connoisseur, and lover of travel. Her blog, So Fawned, began in 2008 as a way to document her life as a young mother, and has morphed into space featuring daily inspirations, insights into motherhood, style, home, and more. Désirée lives in Ontario with her daughter and partner. She also writes for Mom Spark.


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