Working together on art, we work on process and progress.
In our world art making, we explored what the world looks like, the different textures and surfaces that exist and the many layers that make up our earth.
This is what we did. We used recycled cardboard for our base, cutting each piece into a circle. Then we covered the circles with saran wrap, taping it off in the back. As the layers grew throughout the week, we covered each one with a new layer of saran wrap. This preserved the original layers so you could see them behind our new paints and textures. The final layer was covered with saran wrap and our worlds were complete!
Introducing materials gradually always promotes the exploration of process. I put blue paint on the table first, asking what our blue paint was suppose to represent in our round worlds.
This led to stories about water, fish, the ocean, lakes, how the water in our landscapes change when the seasons change, etc. Once one layer was painted and done, we moved onto the next.
Through covering our painted layers with saran wrap, we were able to preserve the progression of our work, understanding and learning about the idea of building through paint and art.
To add in texture to our layers, paints with salt and paints with flour were introduced, gradually. We talked about what the green paint with flour could represent.
Artist:”The paints bigger. It grows!”
We discovered that thicker paint was able to be molded into small 3D mounds and we could build onto those mounds with more paint.
I always find it amazing how conversations can start through art. The stories of how the world related to each student, individually and their experiences in the water and on land were told throughout our art making.
Artist: “I play in the green paint sometimes”
Teacher: “What is the green paint?”
Artist: “The woods, I play with sticks in the woods with Dad”
Children learn through being able to relate learned information to their own experiences. We knew what these “green and blue” areas were because we’ve spent time and built memories in these areas, giving them more importance because they were more relatable, more touchable.