A month has passed since the day I volunteered to lead the play dates group. I have been itching to do something and decided to gather all those who are keen to a “make and take” arts session!
Preparation work is tedious but no less fun! I lost sleep many nights thinking about it mainly because I cant decide on an appropriate theme for all the various age groups and was googling for more ideas. Lots of thought process went into organizing it from deciding on the actual activity, getting all the necessary items, preparing all the materials (lots of paper trimming), really thinking through the execution process, getting more materials, (at the very last minute) and contingency planning.
The fun began with playing some games with their hands, admiring them, investigating some uses with their hands, celebrating their useful hands with a handprint, talked about colours, giving a demonstration of high contrast versus low contrast etc.. There were a lot of participation from the children especially ern who was so eager to answer all my questions! It was really very encouraging witnessing the enthusiasm and focus of the children. The whole activity took about 2.5 hours and when we were done, the results were nothing short of awesome! The process and experience for me and the children were even more amazing. Each time after leaving the children with a simple set of instructions, I went around savoring every moment by taking pictures.
Along the way I met an 8 years old girl who were a little upset that she had “accidentally” used both her right a d left hand for the print. (All the rest used the same hand for the print) in fact, she was so upset that she didn’t want to carry on with it. I was glad I had the chance to assure her that art has no rules and in fact her “mistake” had turned her art piece unique like no one else’s and that in itself is art. She smiled, nodded her head and continued with it. It’s interesting how as a child grows older, they tend to seek perfection , the desire to produce what they had conceptualized and accept nothing else and that’s when they get frustrated and want to give up. It happens to adults all the time too right? But today, I saw the younger children, even though they knew they made a “mistake” they couldn’t care less! I could see it in their eyes that they loved that mistake. Maybe we can take a leaf from them.
This is where my inspiration came from:http://artolazzi.blogspot.com/2011/04/handy-andy.html
My initial plan was for the children to use paint for the different layers. I even ordered luminous acrylic and luminous tempera paint for special effect. After much deliberation I decided to scrap the idea as we needed it to be dry and complete the project in one sitting. So, here’s our version:
Look amazing doesn’t it? : )