It’s been a crazy week. I am not a spring chicken any longer and I volunteered to teach 5 classes of art in the schools this past week. The children were 4 to 6 years of age.
I had a blast.
I loved watching the kids’ enthusiasm and how they really got right into the painting.
Sometimes too much. lol :) But we only had 2 spills in 5 classes — so that’s not too bad.
In most classes, we had 25–28 children. The grade eights were called in to help and did a wonderful job. They also enjoyed making their own backgrounds.
We did sponge painting
The children listened very well to the instructions.
For artists as well as gardeners we have to have PATIENCE.
Especially with watercolour, we need to wait for it to dry unless we want the colours to bleed into other colours.
The children also listened to a story by Laurence Anholt called “The Magical Garden of Claude Monet”.
We learned that an artist makes a background of his picture, then the foreground (although some artists reverse this).
We looked at pictures of his famous bridge
And here is one of his paintings.
We used liquid watercolours — Sargent Watercolor Magic — in green, yellow blue and red.
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I mix the liquids half and half with water as they are very strong. They also stain hands for a period of time.
I had tried sponge painting before when I did a weekly craft activity with Tadeo Turtle. Here is the tutorial of another way to do a sponge painting.
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Here is my sponge painting.
When the Kinders painted we had the paints in containers and used both sea sponges and synthetic sponges.
Then they carefully tapped the sponges into the paint and onto the watercolour paper.
Then the children used scissors and glue to create the foreground.
Six Lessons for the children during this art exercise:
- Listen to instructions. When the children listened they actually had almost clean hands. When they didn’t their hands were quite covered.
- Tap with the sponge. The lesson was to tap with the sponge — not smear or hold down. The tapping gave a “Monet look” to the background.
- To have patience and wait their turns. We needed to put artist smocks on all the children. If the paint ran out they had to wait to be refilled.
- To share. They had to share the paints and sponges.
- To fill the page. For some of them, this was a first I think. To use the corners and the whole page.
- To blend colours. I loved watching them get excited seeing the colours blend into other colours.
I am now recuperating. I have one more class this week. I am excited to see what they will accomplish and how much fun they will have.
Today I decided to try my hand at using sponges to make a background and Monet to inspire me to paint.
Here is the process:
Sponge paint the background
2. Use the Elegant pen to outline
I drew what I wanted to paint and used the elegant pen to outline important areas.
3. Final picture
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