Wednesday Tips #5 2015

 painting frame cropped My granddaughters love painting and decorating items to take home. On this occasion I  found a simple wooden picture frame at a Hardware store and bought it at very little cost to take home for a future project. On a visit to my house, my younger granddaughter mixed the paint colours of her choice and then painted the frame with a base coat. When it was dry (with a little bit of help with a hairdryer!) she decorated the frame with painted flowers. A sparkly jewel sticker in the centre of each flower added some bling and we then found a photo of her with her brother to put in the frame. When she finished the project she decided it was to be a gift for her other grandmother who was most appreciative.

A project with a purpose where we talked together,  experimented with colour mixing and enjoyed a sense of pride in work well done.

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Wednesday Tips #23 2014

Well the fridge box finally collapsed!

Rather than just put it in the recycling bin I used a small saw to break it down into pieces to be used as art materials.

Our first activity was to create another little girl! I traced around my granddaughter as she lay on one of the large sheets of cardboard and then she used paint to fill in  the outline and add features.

Once dry, it could be delivered to her home to show her family on a day she was not with me. It took up too much room in the car for both girls to be in the car at once!

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Wednesday Tips #18 2014

2014-09-01 22.14.05My grandchildren love to draw, paint, colour and generally pursue artistic projects. From an early age I have made drawing materials and a variety of surfaces for them to draw on available. It is worth remembering that a drawing activity for a very young child is much more satisfying if the marks can be made easily. To this end I have a collection of washable, felt tip pens in various colours and thicknesses. (For my own sanity I keep the waterproof markers in a completely different place well away from small fingers!) Clean up of smudges and overflow is easy with a piece of old newspaper placed under the drawing surface. As the children get older I introduce coloured pencils, crayons and pastels into the mix. When the drawing is finished I always ask the child to tell me about their picture. The one in this photo is “Mummy”.

 

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Wednesday Tips #6

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I recently enjoyed a morning with my eldest grand-daughter at  Heide Museum of Modern Art.  This gallery runs regular sessions for adults and pre-school aged children. Linked with a current exhibition, each session enables  adults and children to view the exhibition together and then share art activities linked to the exhibition theme.

Also included  in the morning’s activities were a shared book reading and a delicious morning tea.

There was a charge for the session for the accompanying adult but it was very reasonable with a concession available.

We enjoyed the morning’s activities very much and after a couple of hours went home with my young artist carrying her precious creative efforts to share with  her family. I recommend investigating what is available at Art Galleries in your area. Meanwhile we have booked in for  next month’s session!