This year we are undertaking lots of different art experiments. We’re exploring materials, techniques and styles and seeing where our creativity takes us. We’re celebrating the process of art: trying new things, having a go, being daring, making mistakes. We’re interested how things turn out but much more focused on the fun we have along the way.
Would you like to join our Kids Art Explorers? We’re going to pick a new material or process to try in each month – something which is easy for you to get hold of and which you can try out with your children. The Nurturestore kids will have a play and see what art they come up with, and I’ll share the results of our experimenting with you. We’ll also invite you to join in, try out the material for yourselves and share with us what you come up with.
Let’s encourage our kids to be Art Explorers! We’ll provide a little inspiration each month and let’s see how all our children around the world interpret the idea. There’s no deadline, no pressure to join in every month. So why not give it a try and bring some new experiences to your creative kids?
Kids Art Explorers Project One: pipe cleaners
What can your kids create with pipe cleaners? They’re a great material for children to explore as are they are tactile, flexible and colourful. You can use them by themselves or combine them with other materials, and they’re easy to join together. Very young children can join in too – just remember to twist over the metal ends of the pipe cleaners so they don’t get any scratches.
Here’s our first creation for the Kids Art Explorers club: meet Polly!
Polly Pipecleaner was made by my 8-year-old using just pipe cleaners and some paper for her face, stuck on with sticky tape. (Follow the Kids Art Explorers project and you’ll soon discover my kids loathe waiting for glue to dry and adore sticky tape instead!)
B took a box of pipe cleaners, started twisting and made a triangle. This triangle said ‘dress’ to her and so she added legs, arms and a head and Polly was born. The flexibility of pipe cleaners mean they make excellent puppets as you can move your character’s limbs and cast cool shadows.
What will you make with pipe cleaners this month? The Kids Art Explorers Pinterest board has some other ideas to inspire you – but please take these as a springboard for your kids own ideas and see what they can create.
Share your kids pipe cleaner art with us
When your children have made something, please come and share it with us. We’re celebrating kids art exploring so whatever you make, however it turns out, whether it’s complex, messy or simple, we would love to see it.
:: There is a linky here, so if you are a blogger please link up.
:: If you’re not a blogger, take a photo and post it on our Facebook page.
:: All creations will be featured on the Kids Art Explorers Pinterest board, our very own on-line art gallery. (If you’d like an invitation to join Pinterest, leave a comment below, with your e-mail address not in the comment message for all to see but in the signature box instead, and I will be very happy to send you one.)