I have a book that I find pretty amazing. It’s called Woran denkst du?. I wished to do a project on the subject but since it’s quite abstract I decided to start with a similar project only instead of drawing our mind we drew houses. Houses are easy. We all have one, live in one, have someone living in one that we visit and so on. So we did it. We drew sinks, bedrooms, tables, stairs, spooky basements and all the rest that goes with it. As an extra inspiration we used a very nice book called Zuhause by Carson Ellis.
We spoke about Mark Rothko a little bit but more than that the children were into mixing colours and trying how they match together and what sort of impression do the combinations provoke. Is it OOO, is it AAA, is it UAAA or YOOHOOO or maybe a MMMMMM… and what do all those interjections mean. It was a lovely art project.
An amazing few hours we had, making these beautiful paintings. We really took our time and that was fine. Children enjoyed the project with ease.
We went into this project just after the one in which children learned how to mix primary colours so this seemed and turned out as the most logical step forward. We looked at works of the group of artists called Der Blaue Reiter. The name itself is so great and mysterious. There is Berlin somewhere in that blue mystifying fog which reminds me of Nick Cave’s Witness song and it all gets double, triple artistic. Anyway, let’s leave it here heh.
Do have a look at these works! I love them and I am as always proud of my 5 and 6 years old students. Children are so very capable!
The children here only got primary colours and black and white. They were mixing and mixing and mixing and I bet they would still be mixing if I didn’t take paints away.
I did this project last month with my 5 and 6 year olds but as these works are turning out so amazing I am posting the works of my 7 and 8 year olds now. Somehow I was never a Depeche mode fan but I guess there comes a time for I just can’t get enough!
I am most proud of my 5 and 6 year old artists!
We had a tiny chat about self portraits in the history, we had a good laugh about a few of them and we were shocked about some others. Some were pretty, some surprising. Quite very interesting! And this here is how my children see themselves. Most adorable pieces of art ever! And they aren’t small!!
Ich bin sehr stolz auf meine 5- und 6-jährige Künstler!
Wir hatten ein kleines Gespräch über Selbstbildnisse in der Kunstgeschichte, wir haben uns über einige von ihnen gut ausgelacht und wir waren schockiert über einige andere. Manche waren hübsch, manche überraschend. Alles ziemlich interessant! Und dies ist, wie die Kinder sich so sehen. Es sind die bezauberndsten Kunstwerke überhaupt! Und sie sind wirklich nicht klein!!
It’s time for carnival! And we love animals! And we love to look crazy! So do not bother guessing…
//Es ist Karnevalszeit! Und wir lieben Tiere! Und wir lieben es, verrückt auszusehen! Also keine Mühe mit dem Raten…
We were learning how to mix colours. Children enjoyed this very much. I only gave them blue, red, yellow, white and black and they made such pretty shades of all possible colours. They were first painting on cardboard and then on canvas. We tryed to frame the paintings with embroidery hoops but I think they looked prettier on it’s own. But hopefully they will all get some nice framing because they really deserve it.
Wir haben gelernt, wie sich die Farben zusammenmischen. Die Kinder haben es sehr genossen. Ich gab ihnen nur Blau, Rot, Gelb, Weiß und Schwarz und sie machten so schöne verschiede Farbtöne. Sie malten zuerst auf Karton und dann auf Leinwand. Wir haben versucht, die Bilder mit Stickrahmen zu umrahmen, aber ich denke, sie sahen ohne hübscher aus. Aber hoffentlich werden sie alle schöne Rahmungen bekommen, weil sie es wirklich verdienen.