We’ve been engaged in some unplugged fun lately and I find a great way to approach an art project session with Kiddo is to pick a simple theme and center our attentions around that theme. This week we chose “shiny” and “blue” art.
We started with a visit to the art store down the street where I told Kiddo to pick out something shiny and blue. He immediately picked out some glitter and I chose also picked up some shiny blue paper (which I didn’t end up using, after all) and some shiny silver paint.
To continue with our shiny theme, I wrapped wrapped some tin foil around a piece of cardboard and gave Kiddo some silver and blue paint in trays. In Maryann Kohl’s Preschool Art book, she suggests adding dish soap to the paint to make it stick to the foil better. That didn’t seem to help, though. Maybe I did it wrong, or maybe eco-friendly dish soap just doesn’t have the right properties.
In any case, the glitter was Kiddo’s favorite part. He is really into making piles, and loaded up his painted foil with glitter.
After the excess glitter was shaken off, it looked like this:
Perhaps it’s not a masterpiece, but it’s all about the process, right?
Since the brushes were covered with glitter, I thought it might be fun to paint with them on paper. As you can see, the glitter clumped up a bit. Kiddo thought that was quite interesting, actually.
…and later added some more silver, although it really looks grey after it dries.
Incidentally, Kiddo was playing with the bottle of glitter before the project, which I thought was OK since the seal was on. Well, the seal was not on. Perhaps, this week’s project theme should have been “Vacuum”
Process oriented art around a simple theme: try it!
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