Drawing on positive lockdown fun

Siblings Alexandra, 7); George, 6, and Madison, 10. (Damjan Janevski) 250515_01

Michaela Meade

Three Whittlesea youngsters are finding the fun side of COVID-19 lockdown, creating caricature art works of prominent figures.

Madison, 10, and her siblings Alexandra, 7, and George, 6, have kept busy during lockdown, painting, sketching and colouring a range of well-known politicians – including Premier Daniel Andrews, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and former royals Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

Madison said the art was a good distraction from everything going on during Melbourne’s sixth lockdown.

“Kids need a break from school work and everything they have been seeing and hearing on a daily basis,” Madison said.

“Phone a friend, have a dance or get busy creating things.

“Do whatever makes you happy and brings a smile to your face.

“There is enough negative news in the world right now and I want to change that – one funny drawing at a time.”

Author and mother Maria Ligerakis said art was an effective way for kids to express themselves.

“Children are extremely perceptive and like little sponges constantly absorbing the world around them,” Ms Ligerakis said.

“That’s why we need to go that extra mile to help build children’s resilience and allow them to express their emotions in a safe way.

“For some kids that means dabbling in art and putting their thoughts, emotions and hopes for the future on paper.”