Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Nov10_FeatherPainting

The theme of Open-Ended Art this week is Feathers. Anna’s letter of the week in her preschool is F, and I told her that I have something fun for her to do that starts with F. She was excited to see feathers, but then backpedaled when I asked her to brainstorm what can be done with them. She promptly said that she doesn’t want to do anything with them and Nov10_OEA_2wants to play with her toys instead. This happens more often than you think here :) So I backed off, and we played. But before dinner I pulled out the feathers and placed them “strategically” where she could see them. Anna still didn’t know what we can do with them except throwing them in the air and watching them fly – she never used feathers before. I eventually suggested painting with them, and Anna was suddenly Nov10_OEA_3 very enthusiastic. She made a pretty picture with different colors. However, she didn’t stop there. She asked for the brush and tried to reproduce a picture from the book we just read on another side of this plate. Then she proceeded to color mix. I think she likes color mixing way more than actual painting. She was very proud when she produced perfect black and painted most Nov10_OEA_4 of her pretty paper plate black. Then she remembered my other suggestion about gluing feathers and made F for feathers. It was not very open-ended, but definitely self-directed, and I was impressed with how well she can handle the glue if she applies herself.

So this was our feather experiment. To see what others did visit Open-Ended Art at Mommies Wise Little Bookworms.

14 comments:

Crunchy and Green said...

Painting with feathers is such a great idea. Good job with such a big glue bottle, too.

whisperingwhispers said...

Anna did a great job. I was thinking about painting with feathers too until I realized I didn't have or couldn't find our feathers.

Anna has such an imagination!

Julie said...

I had thought about painting with feathers but we didn't have any. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to do it at some point. It looks like she had fun with it!

Cindy said...

I have been so crazy busy lately with packing that our open ended art has really taken a hit but we need to do this, this week. Anna looked like she had so much fun.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

She does great with the glue bottle! I like the idea of painting with feathers!

meredith said...

Looks like fun. I was going to have my boys glue feathers to the letter Ff, but I couldn't find my feathers this morning.

Ticia said...

I was wondering if anyone would paint with the feathers.

Elise said...

Anna produced lots of great projects and all inspired by her feathers. I also find that if Savanna doesn't want to tackle an activity, I put it away - often she'll ask to do it later and be really enthusiastic about it.

Wow, look at Anna go with that big bottle of glue. She is so neat and in control.

MaryAnne said...

I love the idea of painting with feathers. And Anna should be pleased to have created a perfect black - that's not something I've achieved before while mixing paints!

Susana said...

I like the picture she painted with the feathers. Color mixing is a favorite of little ones for sure--love it when it turns that nice brown mud color:-).

I like her letter "Ff" feathers too.

Our Little Family said...

What great exploration with feathers! I just adore those pictures where you capture such focus and concentration! It's great when they're so interested in a task or craft!

Zonnah said...

I think it was open ended, she did several different things on her own :)

Trudie said...

Love her picture that she painted! Great idea to paint with it!

Jeanette said...

Great idea to paint with the feathers. I am going to have to let my kids do that.