Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fruit and vegetable painting

carrot and lemon colours
 The dining room at the preschool did not have the best acoustics so we set about decorating material to absorb sound - and since it was for the dining room a food theme seemed the best idea!

discovering paint
 Despite the children having access to lemons, carrots, potatoes, apples, parsnip and pears the children soon abandoned the idea of making prints with them - it was SO MUCH MORE FUN to make prints with themselves.
 The excitement was tangible and even the children who were reluctant to take part at the start were whirling and swirling on the material (an IKEA duvet cover that I had never used). The great thing about working on such a big piece of material is that there was plenty of space for everyone to move and, more importantly, it did not become slippery like it does with wet paint on paper - so it really did lend itself to dance and movement.

end of stage one

lemon and carrot details

lemon and foot detail
 Once the first part of our dining room painting was dry the oldest children came in and used black paint to create fruit and vegetable shapes - quite a few discussions about what foods were fruit and vegetables - and it took quite some discussing between the children to work out that singoellas (a type of cookie) is in fact not a vegetable!
a carrot


carrot, lemon, potato

apple core, banana

clean up time - learning to respect your tools
the finished artwork

So now the art hangs from the ceiling to the floor decorating the room and absorbing sound. here are some photos the children took of fruit and vegetables prior to making the painting. It was interesting to see which fruits etc they chose and how they took advantage of the zoom (which I had encouraged them to use) for some truly terrific photos.

1 comment:

  1. I look back on this and see the joy of a different kind of Together painting... an artwork that was created by 2 and 3 year olds exploring colour, printing and their bodies which was then added to by a group of 4-6 year olds who had been looking closely at fruit and vegetables through photography and then got an opportunity to paint their observations.

    I enjoyed the energy children could have on material rather than paper, as it was not the slippery wetness (where in full body art there is usually someone who falls on the slippery paint when it is on paper) - the material allowed for so much more movement and dance... real action art...

    In May 2013 the children at Filosofiska made art on material outside on the square using coloured ice.... I am quite tempted to take it out again this year - and add to it... thinking about HOW it can be added to - bringing the projects together on the square (last year we had been working with ice and water)...

    I guess you will have to wait until later in the week to find out what happens... as it is National Preschool Day on Thursday