Paint, paint, paint

I should know better, I really should.
As my colleague at “A Classroom Full of Curiosity and Wonder” likes to tell me, I’m the artsy-fartsy one.  I should know about paint by now.

Today we started with a beautiful provocation in the art studio.  Fall colours of paint, mixed with soap thank goodness, and a variety of fall harvest fruits and vegetables to print with.  I demonstrated how to use the fruits and vegetables to print and how each one could be used several times before needing to be re-inked.  The children were eager to get going and could barely contain their enthusiasm; this was the first time we’d put out paint this year!

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Before…

They started using the materials and everything was predictable… at first.

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And then things started to get interesting.

Paint feels good.
Paint feels good.

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But instead of my idea (print-making) they started to use the vegetables for their own purposes (scraping).
But instead of my idea (print-making) they started to use the vegetables for their own purposes (scraping).
Scraping with corn.
Scraping with corn.

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In the end, they decided to use their fingers to make prints and use the vegetables and fruit to scrape away the layers of paint.  Several children went home more multi-coloured than they came to school.  I should know better by now that there is always this experimentation phase when you introduce a new material.  Children always need time to feel the material, to find out what it can do, and to play with it before they can use it as a medium of self-expression.  One drop of paint at a time!

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