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Re: Painterly 4 year olds

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 08:52:39 GMT

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Hi Melissa. My youngest class at the artschool is combined of 4, 5 and 6
yrs. olds and I also to a lot of letting my students explore and manipulate
materials. I do however control it to some extend without, I believe,
stifling them. One thing I do is choose the colours and not let them have
too many colours at once. Actually I often start with one then add another
and then one more.(primary colours) I also keep the colours in jars and
each child has one brush for each colour (no water). Very quickly of course
they learn how to mix colours on their own (they discover it by themselves
which is why they donīt forget it). It should not be forgotten that at
times they want to mix all the colours so they become muddy and that is
perfectly fine, because I find that usually it does not become a habit.
Another important thing is that we are always painting "something", I know
I am letting them manipulate materials and colours but I introduce it as a
real lesson often with reference to works of art and artists. And we have
criticism too. Usually it results in wonderfully bright and colourful
works. Hope this helps some. Regards from the far north, Rosa

>I have been doing some painting projects with 4 year old students. I
>believe in letting these youngsters explore and manipulate materials, but
>have found that their kinesthetic tendencies have resulted in some
>interesting colors. They start off with some great color mixing and
>painting, but then begin to obliterate it with more colors, proceeding in
>mixing everything together. Today I gave them three colors all from the
>same color family. While limited, it seemed to work.
>How can I get the students (I have them for 50 minutes) to refrain from
>turning their painted areas to mud? Or should I keep my hands off, since
>they don't seem to mind?
>Melissa Enderle

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