For those who also love hearts go to 366 Hearts where a woman has set herself the challenge of creating a heart a day for 366 days. I loved looking through them and finding inspiration. My husband and I usually ignore Valentines Day thinking its commercial rubbish yet I find myself tonight (after being surrounded by hearts all art lesson) reflecting on all those wonderful people I love and that make me happy. That said my husband still won't be getting any cards or presents - we don't want him dying of shock.....
|Colourful Heart Fruit skewers for afternoon tea|
|Heart Gingerbreads before decorating|
|Heart Gingerbread after decoration with edible writing pens|
|Wax resist Warm and Cool Hearts|
Our second activity used one of my favourite mediums at the moment Salt Dough. We have used this for numerous projects at our house over the past few months. Salt Dough is great for children who are a bit too old for play dough and want to keep their creations. It can be coloured, painted and decoration added. It has the advantage over clay in that its less messy and you don't need a kiln to fire it. We love it! The basic recipe is:
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup fine table salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2/3 cups water
Mix salt and flour in bowl. Add oil and water. Mix with wooden spoon until combined. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead to make a smooth ball.
Once your little artists have made their creations let it air dry or bake in an oven at 100 degrees for around 2 hours (or until hard). Any left overs can be refrigerated for later use.
We tried a little experiment and painted our salt dough ornaments whilst wet with the left over watercolours from the first activity. Usually I wait until they are dry and paint then, yet this way we finished the whole activity in one lesson. I always seal it once dry with Modge Podge although I imagine PVC glue or varnish would work just as well.
The children created lots of things including the pictures of the hearts below. These were created using different techniques I've seen on the Internet over the past few months. I'm guilty of not remembering where all the ideas came from yet most are from one of my favourite blogs The Artful Parent.
I must say children never cease to amaze me by their creativity. These were all done by 5 & 7 year olds! These still need to be baked, varnished and string added.
|Stained glass. Glue is added around the beads to hold them in. These look lovely hanging in a window with the sun shining through|
|Beads and Watercolour|
|Stamped and bead (dough was coloured pink)|
|Watercolour and Glitter|
|Stamped (whole ink pad rather than a stamp!) and watercolour|
Well that's it for this week. No Thursday class due to a teachers strike in Victoria. Our artist of the week is still Van Gogh.