This morning our inspiration painting is Van Gogh's Wheat Field with Crows and my little campers are using good old play dough, yup you read it right, play dough, to create this masterpiece!
They smooshed (is that a word LOL) and smeared the colours onto our background and we layered them to create the basic placement. Then they went to town making little strokes and dashes to mimic Van Gogh's signature brushstrokes! I figured this would be a neat way to get those little hands to achieve the Van Gogh effect!
The result is so striking it's hard to believe kids between the ages of 3 to 6 created them! LOOOOVE!
Today we looked at another one of Van Gogh's works of art... Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun. The expressiveness of his brushstrokes and his use of colour just makes it sooooo beautiful!
We took a cue from him and painted our own gorgeous Poui Tree and gave it the Van Gogh effect! Check my little campers out as they get into painting these trees. This was such an enjoyable experience... the kids really got into their paintings and the room was actually quiet! GASP!
Much has been said about Van Gogh's painting of his chair. It is lauded by art critics as a powerful statement by the artist on his own mental and emotional state. His chair is personalized by the placement of his personal belongings the pipe and the pouch of tobacco. His name offset to the back of the painting also leaves the viewer feeling like Van Gogh feels removed from his work and alone.
Today the Picassos recreated this piece but in a very different way! They were challenged to create a floor and back wall to set their chair against. The chairs were made out of clay and painted to make this a 3D piece. Each child designed their own floor and wall so this project is one that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them bring to life.
I just can't get enough of Van Gogh's sunflowers!! Can you tell?? LOL.
Today the campers are sculpting mini clay dishes and they will paint them in our next session! These little dishes can be used for rings or other trinkets... I know my campers had no shortage of ideas for what they would put in them 😆
The studio was filled the buzz of happy chaos and clay-stained palms... just the way I like it!
Today my older campers looked at the gloriousness that is Van Gogh's Starry Night and we then re-imagined it in our context. We brought Starry Night to the POS Waterfront using Van Gogh's characteristic colours and his brushstrokes but with our local scenery.
Take a look!
My little campers are jumping right in and re-creating Van Gogh's Starry Night! We're doing it collage style so there are lots of parts and layers to this masterpiece but that just means those little hands were super busy all morning!
They painted, cut paper, used chalk pastels to add texture and they glued... Boy oh boy did they glue 🙈
Then tada! Masterpiece complete!
Of course one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings is his Sunflowers and we recreated it with a bit of our very own flair!
The campers created a textured background and learned how to make the vase look roundish... They really focused on making those characteristic Van Gogh styled brush stokes. Then they used clay to make the different sunflowers and leaves.
I think it's important for children to see that there are sooooo many ways to make art and literally anything goes!
My little campers learnt what PERSEVERANCE is, because our featured artist painted 900 paintings and guess how many he sold?!? 1. Yup 1 😳 But he never ever, never ever ever, gave up! Which is why 100 years later we still know his name!
Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers was the inspiration for this project but I decided to give my little campers loads of creative expression here. 😍
They all created a vase with painted flowers which they collaged onto the background. They got to create their backgrounds using some fun texture tools and they cut out their vases and arranged their flowers themselves!
The result? A totally precious masterpiece worthy of a frame!
This beautiful little book is the story of a fish who learns that sharing his most prized possessions (his beautiful shiny scales) can bring an even deeper happiness than holding on to them ever can. It's a powerful message that true beauty comes from within and is not found on the outside. The children really enjoyed listening to this story and they loved looking at the pictures!
With all it's great morals, the real winner here is that Rainbow Fish is so darn gorgeous and we get to use every colour of the rainbow and throw in some glitter guys! Yup... we love our glitter :)
From the moment I came across the Trinidadian artist Brianna Mc Carthy I just knew my Picassos had to learn about her. She just emanates creativity and she's so real, and of course she's a mixed media artist that loves to reiterate that you don't have to have the best supplies or the most expensive materials to make art. All in all a great example for my kiddos... plus her stuff is gorg!
Also because it is part of my philosophy to use every chance I get to make art connections to the festivals, events and celebrations of our nation that I chose to end the term with these masks. The added bonus... they get to use a material they've never handled before and they expand their view of what constitutes art just a little bit more... Stretching and stretching their creativity!
Spiritual Baptist Day is celebrated on March 30th, a religion that has its roots in African ancestry. So my Picassos are creating these African masks Brianna Mc Carthy style in recognition of the day.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)