My weekday is spent in the company of 5 and 6 year olds. I plan activities for them so that they can be exposed to as many interests as possible in my kindergarten class. The first step of the Art Inquiry I am currently doing with them is to create a painting using tempura paints.
The majority of children in my class are excited when I bring the paints out. Many of them ask to paint two, three, or even four pictures. I am told one is for me, one is for mom, one is for dad, one is for a sibling.
One mandate given to the children is that they are not to mix the colours. I have found that they are generally good about following this instruction. Those who forget, quickly discover that mixing the colours leads to a painting that is only brown.
Very quickly the paints are used to create beautiful paintings. Colours are chosen , as well as the subject matter of the painting, by each child in order to make a painting that is unique to them.
Beautiful pictures are created. What I enjoy most, however, is the sense of pride each child has as they create something that they have in their minds. As you can imagine, I have many beautiful paintings decorating my classroom 🙂
Have you had any paintings given to you by a 5 year old?
(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014