It was a fine couple of classes at the OKCMOA on Saturday morning to celebrate the coming of St. Patrick's Day. My little leprechauns ages 15-36 months arrived wearing green and were ready to visit the galleries and create! I began the class by inviting the kids to come sit on a big piece of green paper to read our story, The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever. After that I had a color experiment ready to demonstrate. I squeezed yellow and blue paint on a paper plate and talked about making green. I grabbed my paintbrush and slowly mixed the colors and OOH! AAH! Green!
Green was our color of the day and we visited the 3rd floor gallery to find the color of green in many shades and shapes. The final piece we looked at was a sculpture from the Vogel Collection that had a shamrock on it. It was an I spy object and was a good finishing moment to bid the gallery goodbye and head back down to the classroom to create our St. Patrick's Paintings.
I had paper plates with blue and yellow paint ready for the kids to mix with a paintbrush and put down on their paper. The fun part about this was to watch the different colors of green the toddlers made. Some was more yellow, some more blue. This made each piece even more unique.
Then I gave everyone a squeeze of kelly green paint and a small sponge. I like for the children to see that we can paint with different things and for ones this small it helps cover the paper a bit faster.
Our final color was white. I gave everyone a small amount of white paint and a feather to use to apply it. Everyone LOVED the feather. I used a more stiff craft feather-I found them at Walmart but I am sure you can get them anywhere.
To finish our St. Patty Paintings we used some leprechaun dust. I found shamrock, pot of gold, and star glitter at Michael's Craft Store. We sprinkled that on to complete our pieces! So much fun!
You will need: -student grade watercolor paper -yellow, blue, green and white tempera paints -brush -sponge -feather -glitter
Wife, Mom, Artist and Education Coordinator at City Arts Center. I believe art is a child's first written language. They have a creative spirit and imagination others tend to lose as they grow up. Many famous artists have tried to duplicate the way children paint and draw knowing that children have a true artistic bravery, unafraid and unabashed. I have the wonderful opportunity to share art with children and watch this process unfold. It truly is magical.