This post is long over do well worth the wait. One of my new year's resolutions this year was to make Backyard Art a wonderful experience for all involved and looking back, I definitely feel the goal was accomplished. Let me catch up on the last couple projects of the season.
Monet is such a favorite when it comes to famous artists. I really wanted to give the kids some exposure since he will be one of the first major artists they will learn about in their education. My kids have amazed me with their ability to remember the artists we learn about. Jackson Pollock, Monet and Van gogh are artist they can easily recognize no matter where we go and they are eager to point them out. Our Monet lesson started with talking about how much magic gardens have growing in them and how painters have been trying to capture this magic.
We started our Monets with shreds of tissue paper which were glued in layers using liquid starch as our glue. The kids had two rules they had to follow... first, all the tissue papers had to go the same direction and second, they had to cover up all the white. The project was great for kids of all ages.
Once they had covered the entire paper I pulled out the other tissue paper for the lilies, We cut basic circles and the crumped them up only glueing the center to give it a 3D effect.
I absolutely loved how they all turned out, each very different yet all very Monet. This is most of the morning class showing off their masterpieces.
Thinking about the final project, we just HAD to do a self portrait. I thought all summer long about the best way to do this with such a huge age range in the kids. These collaged self portrait turned out to be pure gold... they were so lovable and perfect. I started by photographing each childs face the week before and having an 8x10 printed up. We cut out just the major features of the face and then finished the collage by cutting up all my old National Geographics to create the hair, shirt and other details.
It's a crack up to see the kids with a life size picture of them selves with there real features showing through.
Each childs personality came shining through on this project. They loved searching through all the magazines for the images that most excited them. It's amazing how much they really do look like their self portraits.
I love how these features are cut out.. so Picasso!
Love the crown and jewels!
This boy used volcano pictures to create his red hair.
Jo's makes me laugh everytime I look at it. He is so proud of his spider hair and his brain shirt.
Below is ALL of my fabulous backyard artists this summer... only missing the TN crew.
We capped off the whole summer with a Garden Gallery stroll to show off all the kids had accomplished. Reinforcing a childs creations is so important to their whole attitude toward art and the artistic process. We had invitations so the kids could invite their extended families to celebrate. I surrounded the entire backyard with all the wonderful art from these kids, we had goodies and even had a few art projects to do that night so that dads could get in the action.
I absolutely loved how these letters looked together with all the books we read.
These are the programs which showed off our "Featured Artists". On the back I listed our projects and the goal of Backyard Art.
The art was displayed with each childs art all together and then next to their siblings. These three cuties are standing in front of all their summer masterpieces.
Here is a dad getting to do spin art with his boy, definitely a great moment to have a little father son creation.
Besides the art, the Jelly Belly's were the next biggest hit. No one can resist picking out their favorite flavors. Although i didn't capture this on film, one of my favorite things was seeing the kids art turned into mugs , thank you cards and mouse pads.
I was so tickled by all the aunts & Uncles, fathers, grandparents, and friends that came to this special evening. I was honored to have been part of such a fun and memorable night, Thank you for taking the time to come and celebrate. Thank you to each of my sweet artists and their moms for making my summer so joyful and creative. I loved every minute with all of you and hope you will remember all the fun we had everytime you look at your magical art, I know I will. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!