It’s interesting to notice that when paint is readily available to children, it eventually seems to lose it’s allure. In our classroom the children go days without touching the paint. We like to offer new and different mediums for art. While it is important to remember that art-making mediums are best used in ways that support children’s ideas, there are times when an invitation and some guidance is appropriate. Experimentation and creativity with different art mediums can lead to new discoveries, collaboration, compromise, and even joy.
I can’t remember what or which students inspired me to set up a bottle cap art invitation, but I’m confident that I had someone in mind during the process. Our resource room has boxes of bottle caps and we were going to put them to good use.
WHAT WE USED:
pictures for inspiration (goggle images for “bottle cap art”)
During the process I noticed the children were certainly using higher order thinking – finding relationships among the caps, comparing and contrasting, and pursuing similarities and differences. For an outsider, it might look like “just art” (or “just play” in some cases), but when we know what to look for it’s so much more than just glue and bottle caps. It’s also an opportunity to explore designs, symmetry, and spacial patterns and the children really seemed to enjoy it!
YOU CAN SEE THE PICTURE HE CHOSE FOR INSPIRATION NEXT TO HIS CANVAS. IT’S STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.
ANOTHER ONE THAT MY BASEBALL LOVING STUDENTS ARE WORKING ON
~ AK (MESE, MECD)