Celebrating the unique joys of each season is a large part of our curriculum. We like to incorporate the experiences of each season (such as going to the beach = sand and sand art) as well as natural elements linked to each season (pumpkins in fall, for example). As flowers are such a special part of summer, we have a few projects that make use of them during this warmest, sunniest part of the year.
Painting with flowers:
“Painting with flowers is one of my favorite activities. We use great big Gerber daisies, dip it in the paint, and make prints. It’s gorgeous every time,” says Donna Bernstein, CEO and creator of The Messy Artist.
Here are some ways we make this project go smoothly:
- Use strong flowers (sunflowers, gerbera daisies) so that they can withstand the dipping into paint and pressing onto paper repeatedly by little hands.
- Use coordinating colors of tempera paint, on paper plates, for dipping the flowers. Put only a small amount of paint out and spread it around. For this (or any kind of printmaking), too much ink will result in a “blobby” image. We like to use paper plates to make the clean up easy and fast. The colors we select look great together, so that no matter what colors the children choose to use, the finished piece will have a cohesive look. To that end, we generally use colors that will not make brown when all mixed together (which children love to do – and we encourage).
- Allow children to make their own choices and complete their own project. If they want to use all the colors or only one – that is fine! They are the artists and make the decisions for their canvases. A caregiver reaching in to add what they think should be done takes away from the child’s sense of ownership and control over their artwork. The process of expressing their own artistic vision builds children’s self-esteem.
Flowers as inspiration:
We also draw inspiration from flowers – not just use them as artistic tools!
Here are some drawings and paintings from an adult workshop held last week, and our fine art camps for kids grades 1-5 so far this summer.