I was totally excited about trying something I saw on one of my favourite art blogs. The ideas on her blog are truly amazing. The only down part is they are usually big projects that have many steps.
I began by setting up 8 different centers for creating the backgrounds for the squares. For the ninth square, each child got a piece of newspaper. I quickly explained and demonstrated each center and then told them to visit each center at their own time. Each of them had a piece of newspaper on the counter or floor where they would put their squares when they were done. The centers I did were:
-salad spinner painting
-painting stripes using water colours
-painting the entire square with water colour paints
-collaging with tissue paper
-stamping with tempura paint using different circles (glue lids, marker caps etc)
-painting a square and then using a fork to create lines
|Add some white glue to the paint. Lay tissue paper on top and scrunch it to add texture.|
|painting stripes with water colours|
|Add a few drops of paint to the card and then spin away.|
|Stamp different sized circles on the sqaure.|
The next day, we began by having a quick lesson about how to make a heart. We also talked collaging and how to choose colours and add details without adding too much. I then provided them with different materials to finish their squares. Some of the supplies included: tissue paper, tin foil, fabric, doilies, felt, different coloured paper and newsprint.
I just love how they turned out. I think you could do this project for any holiday. I may even try it again for Easter!