So I realized that I haven’t posted anything created by my daughter yet. I usually refer to her fondly as “A” in my posts and had originally set up this blog to catalogue the projects we’ve both been working on. I’ve been doing lots of posting about things I’m doing but nothing (until now) with her art. I’ve been so inspired lately by blogging mama’s and their crafting kiddies, that I really wanted to focus on what wonderful creations Amina has made. I really love making art with her- I have no formal training but love watching her express herself through painting, pastels, collage and whatever else we have on hand. I recently discovered that she loves glueing my left over felt pieces. I love art and crafting and want to share that with her. I also appreciate how important it is to let children express themselves creatively. I try to do projects with her a few times a week. Sometimes painting, sometimes drawing, sometimes gluing, but we always have a table set up with crayons, makers and pencils for her to draw with.
I took out a book from the library called Artstarts For Little Hands and have been getting some inspiration from the Artful Parent blog as well in how to incorporate art into your toddler’s life. They’ve both given me lots of ideas and good jumping off places for going beyond paint and brushes.
The projects I’m going to show here are all 2 step projects (meaning they took a few days to complete)
The project below started out as our first printmaking attempt. I wanted to get a head start on a fishy/ aquarium theme and set this print aside from the others we did when I noticed it looked an awful lot like a tree instead.
We took an old cardboard tube roll, bent it so it looked like an “eye” shape and dipped it into some tempera paint in a shallow dish. Amina mostly had fun dipping and swirling the tube around in the paint. We did this on a few pieces of paper and I let them dry.
Several weeks went by, when I was hit by inspiration again. I took out another book she got for her birthday called One Tree by green start and started to talk about trees. We looked at trees in summer, trees in winter and trees in autumn for inspiration. I cut out some brown rectangles for the tree and it’s branches and let her glue away at them.
I must admit it’s really hard not to intervene in telling her how it’s “supposed to look.” She’ll figure out what works for her in the long run anyway and it’s a good lesson in patience for me! Yes, I’ve given her some help in gluing. Sometimes she gets things stuck to her fingers and gets frustrated when it won’t come off. When it looks like she’s about to give up, I help her by gluing and get her to point at where she wants the different pieces to go.
Next we took out some neat faux leaves and daisies. She had fun gluing them all over the tree to make it look bushy and lush. I’m particularly proud of this picture because it was really fun doing this with her. It’s now hanging proudly on our fridge!
This next one we’ve been working on all week. A few weeks ago we went on one of our many walks/running up Tween Hill/ Hell (it’s a hill where all the pre-teens in our complex and from the school across the street hang out). We collected lots of leaves and I took them inside and pressed them in between wax paper under some heavy books for a few weeks.I took them out earlier this week and taped them in different configurations onto the drawing table we always have set up.
I taped a sheet of thin sketch book paper over top and dug out all the crayons Amina had pulled the papers off of (which was all of them). I showed her how to use two hands and to place the crayon horizontal. We picked out all the “fall leaf” colours. She came back to it several times throughout the week and this is the end result.
The next idea came from the Artful Parent but instead of using watercolours (which we don’t have yet) we used watered down tempera paints. They didn’t leave the leaf prints but it sure was fun painting and sticking the leaves in to dry after!
Autumn is such a fun time. It’s been great looking at fall colours and talking about the leaves, shushing through the leaves and rolling in the leaves. I love fall. What I don’t love is when it starts to get dark. But I look forward to solstice and the return of light. Enjoy the art- hope it puts smiles on your faces!
PS- here’s some photos of our little butterfly from Halloween!