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 #23

colour mixing

One of the best ways for children to learn is by discovery. Given the opportunity to investigate, hypothesise and test their theories is a great learning experience for young children (within reason of course!)

I follow this principle when it comes to setting up a painting activity for my young grandchildren. Instead of offering a multitude of different coloured paints, I provide small, multiple amounts of the primary colours and also some white.

An old egg container makes a handy container with some compartments left empty for the children to mix dabs of different colours together using a range of different  sized paintbrushes. As they mix and mingle the colours all sorts of colours emerge , much to the children’s delight.

A sheet of paper and a small container of water for washing a brush if necessary, complete the equipment needed to explore a world of colour. So try not to tell your little artists how to make the colours pink, orange, purple etc. but let them make their own discoveries.  

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