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Explore painting using brushes created from a collection of found natural materials.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED :
+ A collection of natural materials.
+ Paint : As an educator that facilitates art making experiences for all ages, I love the versatility of acrylic paint. The colors are bright, blend easily, and clean up is a breeze.
+ Tape : When building natural brushes, I found that Duck Tape adheres to a variety of textures successfully and holds up through several painting experiences.
+ Paint Palettes : Reuse egg cartons, plastic containers and take out lids, and paper plates.
+ Paint Placemat : To protect the table/counter from paint, use newspaper, shipping papers, or open up a paper grocery bag (also makes a great surface for a painting!)
WHAT YOU WILL DO :
Most of the learning at smARTStudio is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Process based, student-led art experiences encourage young artists to discover, explore, and cultivate. One of my favorite core values of Reggio Emilia is the emphasis on nature. Providing opportunities to learn from the natural environment enrich learning and creativity, we try to wander the grounds surrounding the studio as much as possible to collect elements such as rocks, feathers, leaves, and branches. For this art exploratory experience, take a nature stroll to curate your own collection of natural tidbits and treasures.
PRE-SERVICE EDUCATORS/CLASSROOM TEACHERS & PARENTS/CAREGIVERS : As you collect and curate natural elements to bring back into your curriculum, use this opportunity to make cross-curricular connections and provide multi sensory experiences. Discuss the life cycles of trees, plants, insects, and animals. Observe the time of day and season, notice the weather and the effect of light on the natural environment. We often draw our nature collection prior to painting, taking time to use descriptive words when smelling and touching each element. Ask questions to encourage higher-level critical thinking : "Name the colors you see" "Sort the leaves/flowers/rocks/branches from smallest to biggest" "How are the elements the same (compare)? How are the elements different (contrast)?"
1. Prep the natural elements for painting. Leaves, flowers, and fir needles make for fantastic brushes when taped to a collection of branches and twigs.
2. Prep a paint palette using egg cartons, repurposed plastic containers and lids, or paper plates. Drop small puddles of acrylic, we often focus on color theory and chose warm colors for our painting exploration.
3. Chose natural elements to dip into the colorful acrylic and paint the surface of your canvas or papers. Discuss ways to move the paint on the surface, discover color blending and the art elements of shape and line.
Remember : Explore, Experiment, and Play!
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