I have always loved arts and crafts
I'm certainly NOT an "artsy crafty" person but I love beautiful things...does that count?
We decided to do a directed craft project a week and put it on our summer list
Got this fabulous project idea from Meg (just love her blog!!)
She is going to be doing a craft project each week too
When my girls saw these flowers, they wanted to start with this project as well...can you blame them?
I promise to try and come up with a few of my own creative ideas too!!:)
The lesson was supposed to be inspired by Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings
Riley had already studied her paintings in art, and we did a little research on-line to get inspiration
The directions were to have your petals touch the edges of the paper
And to use a different color on the center, petals and background of the painting
But as Janey reminded me...there are no rules in art!:)
we sketched in pencil and then traced with a permanent marker
In all honesty, there was a little sadness during this project...
colors that didn't turn out the way they expected
(why didn't I just use our Crayola watercolors....much more vivid then the ones in our art kits???)
frustration at the size of the paper that needed to be painted
wanting to start over...but...then again not
In hindsight I think maybe using smaller paper would have been good
there was a lot of background area to fill in
then we could have used the same time to do maybe a second completely different flower.....
but as the time went on they started to turn things around
noticing the differences between our paintings
complimenting each other
experimenting with the colors
here are our finished masterpieces
Riley's "Rainbow Storm" flower
Riley's "Mix and Match" flower
my "Swirl" flower
All and all a pretty good art experience
Our morning was a little crazy...notice the splint on Riley's arm?? She fell during PE the day before so our morning included a 2 hour trip to convenient care (just a small sprain) and a missed morning nap. I think we did quite well to even pick up our brushes!!!:)
What are some of your favorite craft/art activities to do with your children?
I would love some more inspiration!
Until next Wednesday.....