When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir
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Recycled Materials Creation Station: For this invitation I cut up cardboard boxes into about 5×7-inch rectangles. I put out toilet paper tubes that I had cut into about 1-inch circles, bottle caps, bits of fabric and paper leftover from other collage projects, cut up egg cartons, pieces of ribbon and pictures from magazines. I also set out scissors and glue. As the children arrived, I showed them our “creation station” and talked to them about creating a collage, however they wanted, out of all of these material. Of course, since this is an invitation, whether they create a collage or not, is entirely up to the child. Continue reading
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir
Some things are black and white
This week we learned about the contrast between Dark and Light. We talked about the colors black and white and the concept that if you add a bit of black paint to another color, it darkens the color. And, conversely, if you add white paint to a color, it lightens the color.
My intention this month was to focus on the artist Brian Kershisnik, but “the best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray”. Although one of the art projects was in part inspired by a Kershisnik painting, “Pruners”, have I talked about Brian Kershisnik, or showed the children any of his artwork? No. Sigh… Luckily, there is always next week! And I think that is the wonderful thing about life, there is always a new day and a new opportunity to be just a little bit better.