Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Open-Ended Art – Mosaic with Pebbles

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The topic of the week in an Open-Ended Art weekly event is Mosaic with Pebbles. My idea was pretty straightforward – find some pebbles, paint them and then stick them in the sandbox for an easily repositionable semi-mosaic. The first two parts of the plan went swimmingly well. Anna was pretty excited about the trip around the block in search of small light pebbles. She also collected some other stones on the way that we might use for something else one day. Eventually we found a place where we can get a lot of those small pebbles if we want to repeat the project, so we won’t need to canvass the whole neighborhood in the future.

We brought them home on Monday, and on Tuesday we washed them (Anna was kind of lukewarm on this part) and painted them. Anna wanted to use markers first, but immediately agreed to paint once I told her that we will be painting outside and she can even fingerpaint. Surprisingly, she ended up using her brushes most of the time. I was the one doing most fingerpainting :)

After the pebbles dried off, I suggested making a shape out of the rocks in the sand. Anna looked at me as if I just descended from Mars and said, No, I want to make soup for kitty! And that’s what those rocks turned out to be - a very exciting playfood. It doesn’t get more open-ended than that.

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To see what others did, please visit an Open-Ended Art at Teaching My Little Bookworm.

13 comments:

SANDRA said...

I just love your duaghter's thoughtfulnees to think of Kitty needing some colorful pretend catfood.

We are doing our mosaics later today when we return home from a visit to Grandma's.

Michelle said...

I love the idea of having Anna wash and paint them!

Christy said...

She knows what she wants! Very cute!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Ha! I love it! And your commentary always cracks me up. :)

Zonnah said...

That is awesome :) I never thought of painting the rocks.

whisperingwhispers said...

So cute, nothing like "Stone Soup" to enhance the imagination! Selena wasn't that interested, instead she colored the neighbor's new rocks with colored chalk and left him on his front porch since she at first thought they were eggs. Won't he be surprised!

MaryAnne said...

I love just HOW openended this activity wound up being!

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

great job on open ended art! looks like fun

Crunchy and Green said...

I love the idea of painting them - what a great project. And so creative of her to decide they were play food!

Our Little Family said...

Ahhh, this is a GREAT take on mosaics! I'm absolutely going to take Maddie on a walk tomorrow and find some pebbles of our own to paint. I'll link back to your blog once I post it. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

what pretty rocks! :) mine love painting rocks too!

Susana said...

I love the picture of her washing the rocks. Her kitty soup is adorable, the rocks look great too! This is very, very fun.

Kylie said...

Well done and glad to see she is a girl that knows what she wants lol!

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