I had great intentions for doing consistent art projects with the children last year, and while we did do some, they were sporatic and less often as I had hoped for.
So when this year rolled around, I vowed to TRY HARDER!
It's turning out to be quite fun, actually.
I am a MAKER (love, love, love it!) so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I am enjoying it. The children LOVE it~ but that goes without saying. I have never met a child yet who didn't jump on the chance to be artistic when it was given to them.
I have a TON of Fall crafts already lined up which, for me, is the hardest part ~figuring out what to do. It feels good to have a plan.
This week the children and I worked with paints and paper~and straws.
We painted an entire sheet of paper in every fall color (with brushes) and in any way we wanted. Then we put a nice big thick line of watery black down the middle of the paper.
Taking a straw, we painted a nice thick, WET line down the middle of the paper and blew through a straw pushing the black paint every which way. You can sort of "steer" the paint by how you might like it to be. It is REALLY neat to see the paint spread~as it does so, the branches almost appear to GROW.
The kids had an absolute ball. It was a great activity for any age child, too, because it could be as easy or complex a picture as they choose~the METHOD is super easy.