Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Peter Pan Finds His Shadow - Art lesson

I think there is something to be learned from this boy who refuses to grow up.  Some evenings as I'm up late folding laundry or doing those household tasks that require no kids and sitting still, I put on this movie and without fail my mood lifts and I can't help but smile.  I wish everyone could take a lesson from Peter Pan and just lighten up!  As adults we get into the habit of letting the day to day responsibilities pull us down when we really should look at each day as a new adventure.  

"So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned.  Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!"

Today, fresh out of bed and in our nightgowns we began our adventure by chasing our shadows.

once we had found our shadows we turned them into a masterpiece.

I traced each girls shadow for the outline of our project.

We then did a little art history lesson on Giotto di Bondone.  Coppelia has always been drawn to the religious paintings done during the renaissance so this little lesson seemed extra fascinating to her.  Once we explored his art work and read a little about him we then made paints the way he did.

Using small chunks of sidewalk chalk we took a bowl and rock and ground them into a powder.

We then used an old egg carton and put our powder in each compartment.

next we turned our chalk into paint using eggs and water

We separated the egg yolk from the egg white and added 2 tablespoons of water to each egg yolk.

We stirred up the egg yolks and water until they started get those bubbles on top.  Then we added the egg mixture to our chalk, mixed it with a brush and voil√†, beautiful vibrant paints.

The project was to paint their shadow.

Messy fun and beautiful art make for a great adventure.

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