One of my favorite process art experiences for my art students is setting out wooden pieces and letting them make sculptures. On this day, I gave them the prompt to make imaginary playgrounds. I love what they created so much! How cool would these be if they were life-sized? I think all playgrounds should be designed by children.
I especially love the different design elements going on in these playgrounds: Shape, color, texture, form, balance. Not to mention working on small motor skills, and patience. For all these reasons, this is in all-around fantastic art project for children, and one that you can do over and over again with different variations.
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Supplies needed to make Imaginary Playgrounds:
~ Wooden base (we used these round ones)
~ Oil pastels
Steps to making Imaginary Playgrounds:
1. Set out the wooden bases, wooden pieces, and colored glue. To make the colored glue, I mixed white glue with tempera paint, about half and half. But you can also just add a few drops of food coloring to the glue.
2. The children start gluing their pieces, figuring out how to design their playground and balance the wooden pieces.
3. This is the one time I actually encouraged the kids to use more glue than needed. The dripping glue adds a really cool element to the design.
4. Once the pieces have dried overnight, set them back out on the table with liquid watercolors and oil pastels.
5. I let my students fully finish coloring their playgrounds before I brought out the pom-poms and yarn. Bringing materials out in stages extends the project and keeps everyone working at the same pace.
6. The finished pieces just blew me away! So colorful and artsy and creative.
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