Spring hasn't quite hit the Pacific Northwest yet, but we are getting prepared for our 8th Annual Living Wisdom School Art Show next weekend. I wanted to share a fun art project that we finished this week.
This year's theme for our art show is called:"The World of a Child's Imagination!"
The faculty at the school has selected a modern day artist for their students classroom collaboration and the all school exhibition. Our class chose Georgia O'Keeffe's florals for our inspiration. We have used many different combinations of art materials. I wanted the children to experience many types of materials and mediums. We used pastels, tempura, watercolors, acrylics, Mod Podge, felt, embroidery threads, watercolor pens, art dough, liquid starch, and we also created a wood sculpture with one of our dads. I will feature the art show next week after our installation on March 16th.
I am frequently asked how to create children's spiritual art curriculum but until I write it all down somehow formally, this blog will have to do. Often my inspiration is not mine, but from the divine and by listening to our children. I create projects from what I know they will love to share, and create. I want them to be successful but also building new skills that they can master for a sense of accomplishment. I like to use beautiful art materials and I am very choosy about what is good for a child's energy and their spiritual vibration. The activities are prepared for our children to feel beauty through their art projects and to look at art not as a mere activity to fill time in the daily classroom, but to uplift their spirits.
Today I wanted to feature one of the projects that we just finished. I loved the way they turned out and wanted to share with you.
One of our teachers had cut out large petals from coffee filters. The children then chose six petals for each flower, attaching them in the center with Mod Podge. We had been working on the placement of petals for about two weeks, so this was easy now for them to attach together in a circular pattern. I also had the primrose on the table for them to see how flowers actually grow.
These flowers were allowed to dry until the next day. Each child began to watercolor each of the petals. We gave them only two colors so they could create only one secondary color. I wanted the colors to be calming pastels that were not too bright. The flowers were then allowed to dry another day.
Then each child took their own flower and draped it over a plastic bottle. A rubber band was secured at the top of the bottle. In some cases a rubber band was secured at the bottom too. This made it easier for the child to hold while painting. Then with large strokes of Mod Podge, they painted the flower all over again. The flowers were molded and covered in the Mod Podge.
The flowers were left upside down to dry overnight on the plastic bottles.
Small pieces of felt were then cut on a diagonal. The children glued embroidery threads for the stamen of their flowers.
We took the upside down flower off of the plastic bottle.
They were fun to now mold and shape.
The small piece of felt was tightly rolled up into a small cylinder.
These were attached with tacky glue inside the center of each molded flower. We tried several methods but found just dipping into the glue, like a sushi roll worked the best.
This was a very soothing activity for the children. I had two little girls working quietly for about 45 minutes on finishing the centers of each flower.
These are so beautiful. They could be used for any type of event; baby shower, wedding shower or decoration in a child's room. They are fun for everyone.
All the floral activities have brought a little spring into our classroom even though the weather hasn't quite caught up to us.
I can't wait to share all of our activities for the show. But if I did then, we wouldn't have a large crowd to visit our 8th annual show at Eastwest Bookshop, March 16th from 4-6p.m.
Please come by the show and say hello to our artists.
Until next week.