Thursday, September 04, 2008
We have been playing with color and texture lately, experimenting with fruits, vegetables and herbs to see what we can create. Last week we tried to make 'paint' using herbs and vegetables.
We collected things that the boys thought would make good color. Coffee grounds for brown, parsley and dill from the garden for green, beets for pink, and cherries for red. The boys chopped, strained, and ground up different ingredients to try. When done, they tried to paint with the liquids to see what worked, what didn't, and how it looked.
Today was about texture. The boys selected items from our garden basket and pantry. The chose a cucumber, apple, 2 types of pepper, lettuce, and a beet. We sliced each thing and the boys then dipped or brushed each item with paint and then stamped.
They started by just seeing what shapes were created, and then later made specific shapes and images by combining the stamping. Fun!
We have some more projects planned in this theme - the boys want to try to dye fabric using something from our garden, and we plan to do some rubbings using leaves and other found items from our yard as well. Should be fun!