Little OnesTremendous Trees
This month we experiment with wonderful chalk pastels! This medium brings colour to Piet Mondrian’s love of lines, movement to Emily Carr’s fabulous forests, and texture to Henri Rousseau’s collage depictions of dense jungles.
Trees in Art
Artists love to paint trees! And before canvas became THE surface to paint on, they loved to paint ON trees too. They would use panels taken from nearby woods; apparently Leonardo da Vinci favoured French oak! Piet Mondrian’s love of lines was inspired by the linear quality of an apple tree, and he chose to break it down into its most simple form. Emily Carr was one of the first artists to attempt to capture the spirit of Canada’s Far West and her beautiful forest and tree paintings are filled with movement. We also look at the legendary Henri Rousseau and at his depictions of dense jungles of trees and foliage.
What's inside the box?
6 x 20-minute art projects inspired by 3 different artists with clear instructions. These are focused on the process and experimenting, rather than on the end result itself.
1 Leaflet of extra ideas and LoLA recommendations.
Plenty of quality art materials for one child, with lots left over for your art supplies.
What materials will I receive?
Reeves chalk pastels
2 large tubes of green paint
White, watercolour, deco and black paper
Tips for doing art with Little Ones
• Strip children down before you start, or have an outfit that is their ‘art outfit’.
• Allow them to experiment with materials. Don’t be too concerned about producing a single final piece.
• Bring out one material at a time – this makes it less overwhelming, and lengthens the process!
• You can often use surprisingly simple materials to work with, like shaving cream, toothbrushes, kitchen brushes, toy cars … all things that you may well have at home.
• Never leave Little Ones alone with art materials!