Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kids Made This: Painting the Leaves

Drat, I was going to wait to post this!  Fumble fingered the buttons :)

Ah well.  The kids and I tackled a painting project this morning- last week we traced our hands and forearms onto brown construction paper and cut them out, and this week we're painting coffee filters with watercolors to make leaves.  We'll stick these up in the window to let the sun shine through, I'm excited to see them all assembled!  The inspiration for the leaves came from here and the trunk from here.

I'm happy to say that while the kids started the morning as raving, beastly, hour of quiet painting and a great big lunch tamed them.  (Which is good, because our story reading time certainly didn't calm them down, they both ended up howling and crying for unknown reasons.)  And now they're asleep, and I hope they stay that way for a long time!  (Does anyone else know of a five-year-old who still naps?  Half the time she reads to herself for an hour or two, and the other half of the time she takes 2-3 hour naps.  I know, don't hate me.  I'm exceptionally lucky in this regard!)

I love how personalities come out in art work.

Mine: Get 'em done!

Mimi's:  She threw away the coffee filter, and used the paint brush as a re-fillable sucker (black was her favorite flavor.)

Ernie's: This is 45 minutes worth of painting.  The child is methodical.  Her aim is to make a Spring leaf (this one), and then a summer leaf, autumn, and then winter.

One thing I love about working with watercolors is that we can leave the project on the table until the kids are ready to come back to it, and it doesn't matter if the paint has dried up!  Certainly can't do that with cups of tempera paint.  I anticipate that E will spend a good portion of today's "piano teaching time" totally engrossed in her project.  Hallelujah.  Wednesdays can be a real slog in the mud if the kids can't find a peaceful way to occupy themselves!  (Yes, I always have activities set up for them to do, but since when do kids do what you planned for them to do?)

And just because it makes me happy, our art line is getting quite colorful!  This hangs on the wall behind the dining room table.
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Anna said...

how great that the project kept her busy for 45 min! can't wait to see the final assembled product. oh and, Kara saw this and SHE wanted to paint too, so now she's up at the kitchen table as we speak. painting paper though, not coffee filters, since we don't have any, imagine that! ;) mayby next time we are at the dollar store I will look for some

Ticia said...

Ug never that's when they do what you expect

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Bobbi Lewin said...

Yum! black paint! I love your art line:)

Alexandra said...

Nice project and your art line is fab. :) I like those watercolors too. Easy!

Su said...

Oooooh.... Coffee Filter Personality Analysis!

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