the kids love art, and art projects, and we are always coloring in our coloring books, etc. but i wanted to offer them more of a "curriculum" this summer to look at art and creativity differently. so while were are still constantly coloring each day, on Friday while Colin is napping, we're trying something new and calling it: Art Camp.
this week's project comes from this wonderful resource.
it's a simple project to work on line drawing and pattern play. at first, the girls couldn't believe there was no "color" involved. but when they were pasting their creations onto their chosen color construction paper, they caught the vision!
1) i demonstrated how to make a big upside down U for the shell, and then a series of other U's for the underbelly, feet, tail and head.
2) then i showed them how to cover the shell in a bunch of free form lines
3) and showed them how to draw a pattern in each free form area
after that, i thought i'd take a little (well deserved at 8 months pregnant) break on the comfy couch, and check back in when the patterns were done. but, i was having so much fun, i just stayed and did the whole project with my girlies.
here is our gallery:
(once Colin woke up, the gallery quickly traveled to higher ground)
i love how each of their turtles turned out so unique. Anna's is pretty bold, with large black spaces, and most of her patterns are stripes and polka dots. Avery's is so delicate, small, with sweet swirls and a decidedly vertical orientation. Maddie's is plump and covered in hearts, she said there's a heart for every person that she loves.
i think Art Camp is already a success!