Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day this Monday, I decided to talk about monochrome and how to make the color green. Art Club children (8-14 year olds) know that blue and yellow make green, but for the most part, they haven’t experienced making it and the many hues of green. Each participants got a 6″x6″ piece of posterboard and drew a picture on it. Then they learned how to mix blue and yellow and make green; from very dark to very light green. Each made their own green palette and proceeded to paint their image.
Every year we paint turkeys for Thanksgiving. It’s always a fun project and I’ve always been pleased with the results.
I can’t stand the turkey hands! So, I came up with a project that would allow kids to make turkeys on their own, that would look unique.
I call it: “Crazy Turkeys” or “a Turkey Mess”.
It’s pretty easy… I give the kids brown paint and feathers, a beak, a waddle and googely eyes (of course!). I have images of turkeys on the wall and we talk about the shape of the turkey body, neck (long or short?) and head. The younger ones (3 and under) usually make a “turkey mess”. which consists of a blob of brown paint with feathers on top and the beak, waddle and eyes spread a little bit everywhere. It’s funny and kids love it!
Preschoolers and older kids usually will take their time and get the shape right and paint a brown turkey, use the feathers for wings of the tail, place the beak, waddle and eyes on the head… sometimes even add extra things around their turkey.
Today was the first time, that even though I mentioned how the turkeys looked, kids painted their hands and stamped it on their paper. In both classes, Toddler Art & Family Art! I was not expecting that! Or the fact that the kids wanted to do it, not the parents. It seems like they learn it in school (or daycare) and they automatically go for that easy symbol instead of trying their own. Some of the kids saw they others do their hand print and by the end of the class, more than half the class had stamped turkeys on their paper or asked for a different piece of paper.
Storytime this week is about owls. Such a fun subject for art. Owls, unlike other birds have a few distictive features that makes them easy to recognize. As long as you give the kids the right supplies to make them.
Owls have “ears
Owls have BIG eyes
Owls’ heads and bodies seem like one body part.
For Toddler Art, I cut ovals from an old book. I handed each child one and asked them to paint it with brown and orange paint on their table. Once they had painted their oval, I gave them a yellow triangle for the beak and 2 styrofoam egg cups for the eyes. They glued these on their oval to make it look like an owl.
As for Family Art Time, we made our owls from old toilet paper rolls. I used the brown ones, which helped with the color scheme we had. Again, using brown and orange paint, participants painted their tubes. First, parents help push down the top of the roll to create ears. They also helped the younger ones with cutting wings from scrap paper (brown construction paper as well as old book pages). Children also had access to feathers. Googly eyes to finish it off.