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Cardboard Paintings: Exploring Primary Colors


Cardboard Paintings: Exploring Primary Colors

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Last week I made some cardboard canvases for my 3-yr old class. They were totally digging the format and each of them painted two or three or more paintings. I cut some pieces big, and some small. I primed some with a light gray paint, and some I left unpainted. I drilled holes in the top corners so that the paintings could be hung (the best part). I used tempera paints and mixed a little bit of white with the three primary colors, just to make them a little bit opaque. These little kids had never been exposed to the words primary colors, and they didn’t know that they could be mixed to make new colors. It was a whole new world for them!

simple recycled art project for littles

I was able to capture the smile on Martina’s face when she discovered that yellow and blue make green, and yellow and red make orange!

simple recycled art project for littles

simple recycled art project for littles

simple recycled art project for littles

As they got more confident with their painting, they began to cover their whole canvas rather than just painting in one spot. Eventually, they all decided unanimously that they wanted just solid color paintings. I don’t know why exactly, but I went with it. In the end, when the monochromatic ones were all in a row they looked very cool and very constructivist, like Alexander Rodchenko. A triptych!

simple recycled art project for littles

I love how Madsie kept painting pink canvases for her mama.

simple recycled art project for littles

simple recycled art project for littles

I will definitely be doing this project again. The kids loved the cardboard and they loved mixing colors. It would be fun with older kids to set out a still life and introduce them to an artistic style. Like Gaugin or Matisse…painters who really loved their colors!

xo, Bar

 

Invitation to Paint


Invitation to Paint

Ever since my kids were very little, I have always put materials out in hopes that they would walk by, sit down, and get inspired. I just never knew until recently that there is a name for this philosophy! It’s called an “Invitation to Play”. I love this! It’s a term that is rooted in the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and is used often with Early Childhood educators. Now that mine are older, I still do this but less with toys and more with art.

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

This latest invitation was simple. I just taped a small piece of watercolor paper to the table with some green painter’s tape. I put out a little still life, some watercolors and some colored pencils.

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

invitation to paint ~ still lives and open-ended paint exploring

invitation to paint ~ open-ended art exploration

invitation to paint ~ open-ended art exploration

This littlest artist decided to use some glitter glue and hearts that she found on the shelf to create her own abstract work of art. I like her thinking!

There are so many ways to create an invitation to play. Read this post by The Imagination Tree to get started, or search Pinterest where you will surely find one million ideas! One great Pinterest board is the Rockin’ Art Moms board that I happen to be part of. The other 11 members are well-versed in the Reggio language and they have a plethora of brilliant ideas.

xo, Bar

 

Giant Christmas Tree Paintings


Giant Christmas Tree Paintings

While we have the paints out from our teacher gift tags, let’s make big paintings! From small format to big, there’s nothing the kids love better than changing things up.

Read more about how these were made, the supplies you will need, and photos of all three finished products on Melanie’s blog You Are My Fave! And while you’re there, browse around at all her other inspirational posts. Her blog is just lovely.

This weekend is our big move (three streets over…but it might as well be to Mars I feel so ambivalent and unprepared), so send good thoughts!

xo, Bar