In this fun class for ages 3-5 we talked about shapes. We read a book and hunted for shapes in the OKCMOA's 3rd floor gallery. We have a lot of great examples of geometric pieces that the children love to explore. I have taken children through a lot of exhibits and all through our permanent collection but the 3rd floor always seems to get them excited.
I think it's because of all of the easily recognized colors, shapes and lines. It connects quickly with them and their shorter attention span. It is immediate happiness as they declare the things they see and know.
First we applied foam shapes and other cutout papers on top of our student grade watercolor paper. If you get the sticker foam, do not use the adhesive or the "magic" will not happen.
This could also be a good project for discussing positive and negative space.
When we had all our shapes on paper we used the spray bottles. For this class I had premixed liquid watercolor and water in small spray bottles. We used red, yellow and blue to spray on our paper. Be sure you use bottles that can "mist". You don't want a hard spray.
After a visit to the galleries we return to take our paper and foam pieces off and see what sort of magic happened.
You will need: -student grade watercolor paper -spray bottles that "mist" -liquid watercolor -paper or foam cut to shapes
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.