Kindy Art at Creekside Café was a huge success this morning! We had 8 mini artists come to play and create in the winter sun and they had a ball exploring the playdoh and Lego stamping.
Did you know you can draw on playdoh with felt tipped pens? I prefer to make my own playdoh and just leave the food colouring out to keep it white. It's a different way for children to explore the playdoh and they all had a go at colouring, squishing and rolling. These actions help develop fine motor skills and build the muscles in their hands. There was a lot of hole making with the pens and concentration to get the markers back into the holes.
The Lego blocks also came out and were used as stamps. I set up a sponge with paint and demonstrated how to push the block into the paint pad and print onto the paper. Once the children saw how it worked they jumped in to make their own pictures.
Can't wait to go back with more fun activities next Tuesday.
The monoprint is a form of printmaking where the image can only be made once, unlike most printmaking which allows for multiple originals. https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/m/monoprint
In this example I used a Gelli Plate* with acrylic paint and worked quickly to prevent the paint from drying. I made some initial prints by drawing onto the paint covered surface with a cotton tip. Mr11 was impressed as he lifted the paper to reveal the drawing. He then made his own masking pattern by cutting and arranging squares of paper and laid them onto the wet plate.
* Visit www.gelliarts.com to see their range.