This month's Art Explorers is all about Yarn (or as we call it wool) and I decided again to go child led. I'm taking each of these projects as a way for J to experiment with different media and develop his own way of doing art.
I started by getting out some scraps of wool and showing him the different textures (I knit so had a variety of ends that I keep in a bag) and colours as well as let him feel them. We also watched an episode of Mister Maker where he makes a picture of a sheep from an old scarf - I was so sure that he would want to copy this as Mister Maker is his favourite programme.
But to my surprise it turned into a free flow (process art) project with him having loads of fun doing it. I asked what he wanted to use - he wanted "WHITE PAPER", "GREEN WOOL", "GLUE", "WHITE, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN PAINT" and "Mummy go play with T!". Immediately I knew this would be messy.
I watched from the kitchen whilst playing with T what he was doing - first he used the wool to paint with - instead of using it all in the paint he took the end and dabbed the paint on the paper making dots everywhere. Then he repeated the process with the wool in the glue after mixing it up. He then decided to pour the paint from the tray onto the paper and lay the wool in the paint creating a textured art work.
What then happened before I could get the art work... was he poured the glue all over it and mixed it all together ripping the paper and creating a mush, but he learnt from the process about not doing it and he's been really careful since.
Thank you to Nurturestore for giving us the incentive to try a new material in our art even though we don't actually have a product to show for it the process was great.