For all Artsy Startsy's focus on process art and setting up easel starters for our kids to get them creating, I also believe strongly that children love to observe examples of great art and are stimulated by the challenge of recreating the style of a particular artist or period. For this reason, the program focuses on both art imitation as well as process art which we call easel starters.
“The little child, up to the age of seven, up to the change of teeth, is essentially imitative. He learns by doing what he sees being done around him. Fundamentally, all activities of the child’s early years are imitations.” ~Steiner~
Each weekly lesson in Artsy Startsy offers a new artist or period in art for a child to imitate allowing them to create their own unique version of a masterpiece! This month we have the April Showers theme going on so we tackled Jackson Pollock because he is the drippiest artist we know! Here are 3 activities for you to try!
Pollock was often photographed high up on a ladder splattering paint down to a canvas below! A tray of shaving cream, a step stool and some food colouring... What fun! We drip dripped colours onto the tray and then used the handle of a butter knife to make swirly designs in the cream. Once we had a design we liked we pressed a piece of heavy paper into the design, scraped off any remaining cream with the flat side of the knife and voila! Marbled paper to use for greeting cards!
Melting Colours Art
Frozen food colouring ice cubes are perfect for creating drippy art as they melt onto watercolour paper to create more droplet art!
This is a perfect, perfect, perfect easel starter invitation my friend set up in her childrens' lovely little creation corner and the end result looks just like a Pollock drip painting! Set out some yarn and as many paint jars as you like. Let your little one "draw" with the yarn!
More for Mama and Child: Action Jackson
Now cuddle up on a rainy afternoon with this lovely book called Action Jackson to find out even more about how Jackson Pollock worked in his studio to change the face of art forever!
8 Weeks in Spring
The Seasonal Lessons are designed to help you spend more quality time with your little one exploring the arts and nature. All Seasons are digital purchases which provide lifetime access to a secure, members-only section of the Artsy Startsy web site.
This Season Includes: