Next, I invited the children to take part in a painting activity where we would also experiment with paints by allowing it to drip from spoons. I showed the large canvas and artist-quality paints. This was met with oohs and aahs as these were the "real" materials of artists. I explained that this process would take several days and the first day would only be for painting the background of the canvas. Then, each morning for the duration of the week, we would set up different colors of paint for the children to drip onto the canvas.
It turned out to be spectacular piece of artwork. The children were most inspired by the fact that they all worked together in its creation. I was thankful for the feeling of togetherness it brought to the classroom.
Here is the process in pictures:
|Introduction of paints and canvas.|
|The children worked in pairs to complete the painting of the background. First, we covered one of our large tables with newsprint and laid the canvas flat. The children stood at the table and painted away!|
|Three more colors: blue, green, and white.|
|The addition of red and light blue.|