Sunday, 16 February 2014

Feather Painting with One year olds...

This week it was the turn of the one year olds to explore feather painting...

This was one of those times where I learned heaps about these three one year olds as they picked up their feathers and then used them a COMPLETELY different way from all the two year olds that have already feather painted...

One child picked his feather up and started to use the point - like a quill to scratch out patterns on his paper... the other two one year olds observed a moment, picked up their feathers and then also used them like a quill.

I saw a bit of frustration on the first child's face as it was not a techniques that created a lot of colour and impact on the paper... so encouraged him to use the other end of his feather to scoop up paint, which he did with a swish... and the other two followed...

Then they all switched back to the point again... It DID make a better noise, and I guess that noise must have sent a vibration up the arm too - so it might have had a better sensory feel.

None of the children were too interested in mixing up the colours in the box of paint like all the two year olds had - the focus was on dipping and then scratching on the paper...

Two of the children finished quite quickly while the third explored the feather and the paint on his hands for some time longer...

At first I thought these children did not get much out of this paint session, but when I look back at the photographs it is quite clear that they are focussed on what they are doing. It was also clear that they were learning much more from this session than what I first thought...

The next sessions for the Himlen group and their Bird Project will be a piece of art that they will all contribute to in different ways... now that I have met the children in the atelier I can better see how I can meet their needs and interests...
so stayed tuned for more bird explorations in the atelier...




1 comment:

  1. What a great way to explore with feathers and paint!

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