Oh boy, when we take on a crazy task, we sure do take it on! Our unit on Science and Weather was one of those “great in theory” moments as we tried to figure out the logistics of pendulum painting, plaster casting plants, making rock candy, etc. It all turned out but we really did stretch ourselves in the process (not a bad thing!!). Our big take away from this past month was that sometimes process outweighs product.
What the heck is process art, you ask?? Great question. After the first couple of classes, we teachers spent a few minutes explaining away to our parents. “The end product might not be what you are used to seeing but here’s how we got there…” With process art, the HOW is just as important as the WHAT. We did a lot of non-traditional art-making and the kids want bananas over it!
Week #1 was all about MIXTURE! We blended our favorite liquid water color paints, used Faber-Castell chalk pastels, and used hand sanitizer to “lift” liquid water color off of our beakers to make fizzy bubbles. The kids also learned about depth and dimension as we “flattened” shapes to draw the beakers accurately.
In Week #2, we explored life science. We used food coloring to dye flowers and got out the hammers to make some serious noise (and beautiful art). Our Tea Towels dyed with natural flowers turned out so beautiful. Then we used plaster casting strips to make “fossils” of ferns. The best part was painting them with natural paint made from spinach and coffee. The kids were not amused but the smell!
Week #3 was all about weather. Mixed media is always fun. It was a sensory experience, too, when we used baby oil to blend. We made our own rain storms using oil pastels. It was a sensory experience, too, when we used baby oil to blend the colors.
Last but not least, in Week #4 we explored physical science by making art with a pendulum. Holy mess, Batman!! One would think that painting with pendulums and making an epic mess would be chaotic. Well, much to our surprise, it wasn’t! The kids were so enthralled by the art they were making that everyone was calm and totally on-task. It was awesome! The end results turned out pretty cool. Check out our next blog post to find out how we did it!
Oh, and check out these adorable little mad scientists!