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The quote “Creative minds are rarely tidy” comes to mind when I think of how I work. My house may be pretty clean but my office…that is a different story. My little Oliver is probably the tidiest of the bunch and he has a bit of a hard time really diving in when we do art projects. When we finger paint he requests a paintbrush, when we paint we have to have baby wipes readily available and when we use glue it has to be the stick kind or he won’t use it. And while I encourage good manners at the dinner table, I encourage freedom and messiness at the art table- what’s left, after all is just a beautiful mess- a beautiful mess that was left by my little ones as they explore, learn and create.
I’ve always admired how little kids, when given the freedom, can create such beautiful and amazing art. I am an art docent at Ashton’s school which means I get to teach his class about an artist and do an art project with them. One of my favorite projects we did was collages inspired by Matisse. He used simple color palettes and used both the positive and negative part of the paper. So if you are cutting out a triangle he would use the actual triangle and the part around it that is missing the triangle. Layering smaller objects on top of the larger ones as well as using shades of the same color were also things he did to create his art work. When the kids were given instruction on how to create a piece inspired by Matisse, they surprised us all. Wow. These kids were given creative freedom with some guidance of course, but when they haven’t yet been tainted by their own or others judgements on art, they were just free to create whatever they imagined- and it was beautiful!
I am slowly turning my office into a joint art room for the children to create in. I wanted my kids to create art work to display on the walls- something colorful and fun. I think your kids, or the kid in you (!) would have fun recreating this project.
White paper (card stock, construction) I used 12×12 card stock for sturdiness
Construction Paper in various colors
1. The white paper is what you will be using to glue on. Make sure not to cut!
2. Pick out 2-3 colors you want to use for your piece.
3. Using scissors, cut out various shapes and place on the white paper.
4. Lay out your cut pieces, move them around, experiment until you love what you see on the paper. Make sure to stay on the white paper and that nothing is going beyond the paper.
5. Glue the pieces onto the paper.
Easy right? And once you clear your mind and just cut, glue and create, the art comes alive! I know it sounds hokey but my kids had so much fun creating these. Even I had fun making my own! And all those little bits of paper that fly around when you cut- they were either used in the project or just fell to the ground. And that is ok! Creativity is messy but it is also freeing.
So, I’ve shared how I found beauty in our mess. I’d love to hear about yours! Leave a comment sharing why your messes are beautiful. I know it can be hard to see it sometimes, I KNOW! (Just watch this video) But, find that little silver lining in the messes and you may also find those precious little toothy grins of your little ones creating memories.
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