Today’s simple art invitation is to set out cotton rounds to paint with watercolors. I got this idea from the book Play Make Create by Meri Cherry. It is an excellent resource for inspired art invitations for preschool and school age kids, and also has sensory recipes and other art project ideas. I recommend following her Instagram account if you use that app.
I picked up a package of cotton rounds with my last grocery pickup. They were $1.99 for 80, so a bargain for an art supply. The novelty of the round shape and the cotton material are interesting for the kids to explore. If we were at preschool in the art studio, we would try this with liquid watercolors. They have bright, saturated colors and you can use droppers to drip the paint. However, watercolor paints and a brush work just fine!
If you’re lucky, you might even have a cat assistant!
Today's Invitation was inspired by the artist Matisse and the book Matisse's Garden. You can watch Kirsten's read aloud and tips for cutting curves here.
Invitation ingredients - scissors, white paper, colored paper (mine is cut to 4.5 x 6") and a glue stick.
• In the book, Matisse started by cutting a bird from white paper. What animal can you cut from white paper?
• After white paper, Matisse started cutting from colored paper and experimenting with color combinations of the shape + the background. What is your favorite color combination?
• Matisse discovered that the "leftovers" from cutting shapes could be part of the final composition. Arrange some of your leftovers and glue them into a collage design.
• Matisse used cut paper shapes to represent items he saw around him - can you find something in your home or yard and make a paper cut out to represent it?
Or just have fun cutting and gluing! I'd love to see what you create!
The Tate museum in England has some fun resources for kids to learn more about Matisse.
I gathered a variety of supplies I had on hand, but curated and presented only the rainbow colors. From top left to bottom right: Thin markers, colored pencils, colored pens (Staedler triplus roller from RSVP), crayons, artist chalk, gel sticks, rainbow tape (RSVP stocks lots of fun washi tape as well), watercolors and rainbow stickers. Mine are just crayola paints, but these are the high quality paints we have at preschool. Including a few links if you're in the mood to shop for art supplies. Both Dick Blick and RSVP in Iowa City are doing curbside pick up.
Of course the rainbow display is inviting, but it's also inviting to children when you let them use the good/fancy art supplies. It's ok to give some guidelines about how to use them. I also recommend thicker paper for this invitation - such as watercolor paper.
For a related read aloud video see: Monsters Love Colors
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