Max brush painting with water on Sumi-e Board, also known as Japanese Magic Paper. Appearing as ink on the board, the image disappears as the water evaporates, for easy clean-up and lots of use.
Growing up, I loved forming each letter with great care and practiced often, looking forward to developing a handwriting-style of my own. So, among many surprises of motherhood, was the fact that my son does not like handwriting. The only part he seems to enjoy is sharpening the pencils -- which he does with his jack-knife -- and I am often surprised at how much character training occurs for both of us in our 5-10 minutes of daily handwriting.
Max thoroughly enjoys the process of mixing the ink with a grinding stone.
While studying a timetable* from a Parents' Union School, I was intrigued to see that Charlotte Mason combined brush-painting with either printing or writing twice a week for Class I, (our Grades 1-3). Though the PU School would have used watercolors for their brush drawing, we have incorporated ink painting which seems to afford my son a bit more spontaneity and relaxation.
Working on brush strokes - the brush is held lightly and perpendicular to the paper.
The view in a Charlotte Mason education is that handwork will not only improve manual dexterity but will serve to improve head work. Though technique is important in our brush painting sessions, exact duplication of an image is not. Our brush painting sets are kept especially for school time and their appearance is greeted with exuberance. Once everything is put away, a pot of green tea and a haiku await.
*The daily schedules can be accessed at Ambleside Online, The Parents Review, Vol. 19, 1908, or found on p. 117 of SCM's Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education, if you happen to have it on your shelf.