This week we’ve been experimenting and painting with cotton buds. It turned into a great lesson in how the process of painting (or any kind of art or play) is just as (more?) important for children as the end product.
I’d told the children about Georges Seurat and how he used pointillism to create pictures that looked so different when viewed close up or from afar, and wondered if they might like to try out the technique for themselves.
The technique took a lot of concentration and was a challenge, as the children had to conceive their design but then apply a precise method to achieve it. I left them too it, to test out the idea and see what they could come up with.
They created flowers, butterflies and letters.
So much process going on! The end product was some colourful art work but I know they enjoyed the doing without any care really for what they finished up with.
What we did end up with though was a pile of colourful cotton buds. I wonder what we can do with them?
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