Did you know coloring books first appeared in the XIX century as a tool to bring art closer to regular students? They were inspired by the “democratization of art” process which appeared out of a series of lectures by British artist Joshua Reynolds, and the works of Swiss educator and education reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi.
The first coloring book called ‘The Little Folks’ Painting Book’ was produced by the McLoughlin Brothers in the 1880s. Many educators at the time started believing, contrary to practice, that all students, regardless of background, would benefit from art education “as a means of enhancing their conceptual understanding of the tangible, developing their cognitive abilities, and improving skills that would be useful in finding a profession, as well as for the children’s spiritual edification.”
Well, it seems like some parents definitely skipped most of their art education classes. Below, you will find some coloring book-loving adults, whose lack of skills and life-hardened view of the world resulted in bizarre (but for the most part hilarious) colorings.
1. An iron bear hug
2. Tale as old as time, true as it can be…
3. Childhood, ruined
4. Olaf, Borat… same difference
5. The Cookie Monster all grown up
6. Bruce Wayne on acid
7. Minnie and Daisy turned Bonnie and Clyde
8. Nice shading…
9. Could be…
10. Dog’s got a bone
11. Bruce Wayne on LSD
12. Innocence? What innocence?
13. Sebastian loves (sea)weed
14. Vampire Ariel strikes back