It’s here again! It’s here again! Kids Get Arty!! YAY! And we have gone a little wild here at Small Potatoes! We are celebrating the French modern artist Henri Matisse. There were soooo many possibilities with this artist, but I chose his “Fauve” period because this is what smalls do best! They are natural “Fauvists“!
First of all, what is a “Fauve“? Well, I’m pretty sure this next image will sum it up for you!When I was studying up of Henri, I realized how perfect Fauvism fit in with every day preschool, toddler art work. Painting is a full sensory activity for them. They don’t stick to painting things the way the world thinks they should. Young children paint things the way they FEEL they should be painted.After I realized I had a group of Fauves right under my roof every day, I thought about how best to relate this concept to them. How could I create an activity where the smalls could express themselves without a lot of structure? I cold have just given them each a colouring book page and asked them to paint it how they felt it should be. But that seemed to structured. Too forced. Then I had an idea.
If the Fauvists painted with no regard to an objects natural colours, how better to illustrate this, than by painting ourselves? Our faces are not naturally green, orange, purple, blue, red, or yellow!!I made body paint out of baby shampoo and tempera powder, (*2 parts shampoo/1 part powder) and let the children use themselves and each other as their canvas.The activity was well-received, even if the onset of Fauvism in the art world was not! Some of the smalls took it very seriously. I washed a couple of faces twice so they could “do it again!” Some of the smalls used a mirror, some painted “blind”, and some painted each other…All of them learned something. Will the toddlers remember the name “Matisse” tomorrow? Maybe not. But they won’t forget how happy they felt when they were allowed to paint freely. They will remember the emotion. And this was the whole point of the Fauvist movement…to paint how you feel things look.
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