Looming over my head for a few days was an art project due for my Activities for Children class at HCC.
I made arrangements with a friend who has a job/business as a home daycare provider to go over Monday morning. At that time of day there are usually three 3 year olds and two 19 month olds, the age group I geared the lesson plan for.
I drove across the prairie on a lovely day.
When my friend answered the doorbell, she looked quite surprised to see me. It seems there was a round of flu happening and all her extra children were absent. She had simply forgotten to call and tell me so.
Her own oldest and youngest were at home and feeling better, so if I wanted to work with them, we could make do.
I had brought construction paper and glue and scissors. Any ideas about art would be up to the kids. They could choose color, shape, cut. Whatever.
He’s 8 years old, in Second Grade, and has had experience with Art. He tore up little bits of paper and carefully dabbed glue on with the tip of the bottle.
This was done by the 3 year old girl and is pretty much what I had in mind when I wrote up the lesson plan. She says the brown is a tree, the white is snow, and the rest “that’s what’s there.”
She had other ideas. There was a guest teacher here, and a whole puddle of glue left in the saucer. She asked for a big pink paper and set to work with the brush and wide strokes.
This is a child who leaped wholeheartedly into the process rather than the product.
Glue as Paint
I wandered into the playroom and admired other objects of art. The Museum of Art History has nothing on these children. I’m in a bit of a hurry right now, so I won’t size and code in all the pictures I took, but I did use some of the photos to turn in for my project.
However, I am amazed at the detail of this one, a Flower drawn and labeled by the Second Grader.
He says it was for science class, not Art.
This happens when you hand the camera to an 8 year old.
~~love and Huggs, Diane
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