Thursday, October 2, 2014

M is for Moon. Halloween Art.

Painting the Moon Process Art

This week it is letter M. "On the Moon" by Anna Milbourne, our wonderful book of the week, helped us with travelling in space. The goal for our art project is to introduce our toddlers to the different media and painting tools. We used brushes of different sizes, a toothpick, a salt shaker... and fingers and hands.

On the Moon

"What do you think it would be like to go there?" The question is written under the illustration of a little girl watching the moon through her bedroom window. "Would you like to fly to the moon?" I asked. A very simple language and excellent pictures engaged the kids to explore and imagine meeting the astronauts, examining a rocket and the surface of the moon. Everybody loved a huge picture of a rocket flying from Earth to the Moon - a very simple and clear message: "There's nothing but stars and darkness all around".

Painting the surface of the Moon

Surprisingly, kids easily managed tracing a bowl on the yellow cardstock paper to make a circle for the Moon. We squeezed white school glue onto the Moon together (pictured below) and kids mixed the offered colors on the foam plate: white tempera paint as a base with a few drops of yellow, brown, and black.

With the medium sized brush, kids mixed different colors into the glue. Different parts of the moon can be painted in different shades. The key is to offer them the next activity BEFORE the colors are all mixed together to create a uniform gray.

The next step for us was to shake colored sand mixed with glitter over the moon with a salt shaker. We tried to mix the sand in just a little bit with the tooth pick.

After that, we worked with the glitter glue. Kids squeezed out a small amount of glue, and spread it around with the small brush in a circular movement - a great practice for drawing circles. Or they tried to lift it up to create a hill with small brush strokes.

By this point, there was a thick layer of paint, sand, and glue, which allowed them to create a 3D effect of the moon surface. None of our kids were bored with this activity because of changes in media and tools. They all asked for more paper, paint, but the favorite was glitter glue mixing.

The project didn't take much time to complete, but it did take 3 days. The Moon had to dry overnight.

We cut the Moon out and glued it to the black construction paper. The owl is a hand print that took some time to dry. One of the owl's wings is a finger print, the other one is finger painted. The ears are the finger prints.

After the owl is completely dry, I used a small brush to paint a tree branch: black over the Moon area, and white over the sky. Then, I painted eyes, a beak, talons, and stripes on ears and wings.

The last step: adding sticky jewels for stars.

Have a happy Halloween painting! If you find a minute, I'd love to see your masterpiece over on our Facebook page!

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