It all Starts with a Great Book
Exploring ART PLAY by Marion Deuchars
My husband gave me this lovely book for Valentine’s Day and I just got around to really looking at it. It’s fantastic! It’s full of easy ideas for all ages of people, not just kids, and really can be used by anyone, regardless of language, because the illustrations show the reader how to do it.
So, with the Olympic Games being on, I decided to explore circles by printing the Olympic rings with paper cups. I checked out the order of the colored rings–blue, black, red, yellow and green–both on the bottom of the top three colors. I had all the supplies on hand– paper plates and paper cups, watercolor paper, various types of kids’ paints and I thought, “Easy Peasy!” About five tries later, I decided this was going to be okay for elementary age children, but “blah” and challenging for preschoolers. I had splatters, incomplete circles, globs and blobs of extra paint and I decided to go rogue. My motto is, “If you’ve wrecked it, splatter it.” Here is a much more fun way to explore circles, concentric circles and the art of intended splatter:
Here are the Olympic Rings that almost did me in! I’m sure many people could have done this “perfectly.” I don’t believe that the two words, “Art” and “Perfectly” necessarily belong together. However, “Art” and “joy,” “fun,” “delight,” and “relaxation” do go along perfectly!