We've been spending time each day in the Art Studio! In the last two weeks children have explored painting with acrylic and watercolor paint. They've used brushes, hands, cotton balls, and apples. They've painted on cardboard, watercolor paper, construction paper, bubble wrap, dry leaves and even bread.
With each child beginning to compile a small body of work, we decided that we could use a way to organize and store their pieces.
After a quick consultation with Pinterest, I came across an easy project that the children could do on their own, and one that repurposed materials we already had on hand: paper grocery bags.
I made a few alterations to their shape with scissors and taped them back together, then we set out paints, markers and colored tape for customizing. The highlight of the project for each child became picking which color masking tape to use.
June told a story with her painting. Her colors represented Maleficent and horses. She narrated her process the whole time she worked.
Dylan demonstrated to his friends that you can paint twice as much by using two paintbrushes at once. This caught on very quickly.
I'm excited for the portfolios to become useful to the children. We plan on keeping them in the plastic bin in the Art Studio. You're welcome to check in on your child's portfolio from time to time to see if there is any art work to bring home!