It all started when Eli, at the age of two and a half, drew his first face. The face that he drew had every facial feature spaced correctly and in the proper place, and Eli’s parents instantly recognized his talent and the need to nurture it. This is the beginning of the journey of Eli Draws.
Eli wanted to share his experience with his parents, and started asking them to draw. Eric and Amanda aren’t artists by training, and had to learn how to draw before teaching him. This exploration, learning and collaboration allowed them to connect with Eli in ways they never thought possible. They would read him stories and he would continue those stories by drawing the characters on the page.
Whenever Eli went out, his parents would always bring along a pen and paper so that he could draw. No matter if he was at a restaurant, museum, zoo, or aquarium, he would stop and draw. This gave them his perspective on what he was learning, helping to explain what he was seeing in more detail. It was no longer just him learning, but all of us learning with him.
Eli Draws is our way of sharing our experience, and encouraging parents and kids to explore, learn and collaborate, bringing their stories closer together. We like to imagine that when adults and kids play together, the past and future are holding hands. Eli Draws is designed to help build a bridge of relationship through imagination and experiences: playtime for children, projects for adults and adventure and exploration for all.
We believe that in every person there’s a genius waiting to be unleashed, who can create things that no one else is this world can. What can you create? There’s so much to learn, so much to explore, so much to imagine.
- albert einstein
We are a family and a team supporting Eli’s passion and transforming it into a brand where other parents and kids can participate in the exploration, learning and collaboration. Eli’s parents, Eric and Amanda are supported by a team of entrepreneurs, designers and makers who all believe in Eli, his imagination, and his wonderful family! We love to dream, we love to play, we love to try new things and we are not afraid to get our hands dirty.