National Coloring Day
annually on September 14th (since 2015)
Jace Shoemaker-Galloway in 2015
National Coloring Day is dedicated to coloring, whether it be with crayons, colored pencils, markers, or some other implement. Coloring became popular in the United States as part of the "democratization of art", which claimed that all students can benefit from art, because it improves cognitive abilities, advances skills useful for finding a profession, and aids children in a spiritual sense. The McLoughlin Brothers company is seen as having invented the first coloring book, The Little Folks' Painting Book, in the 1880's. Early on, paint was used in coloring books instead of crayons, and crayons didn't gain popularity until the 1930's. Coloring is seen as being both beneficial to children and adults, and helpful for those going through trauma, and those trying to de-stress. National Coloring Day was started by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, "Queen of the Holidays".
How to Observe
National Coloring Day should be spent by coloring. Color using a coloring book, color on a blank piece of paper, or print coloring pages off the internet. You could print some for your kids and for yourself. Use crayons or use markers. Use many colors or just a few. Color alone or with a group of friends. No matter what you do, just color!