Thursday, April 21, 2011

This is an open-ended project for preschool and elementary school children based on the book Henri, Egg Artiste by Marcus Pfister.
Painting Foil Eggs
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Henri, Egg Artiste

Henri Egg Artiste
One of the best Easter books we read this year was Henri, Egg Artiste by Marcus Pfister, a German author well known for his Rainbow Fish books. A wonderful thing about this book is that it allows parents to introduce children to famous works of art, since that’s where the main character finds an inspiration for his egg masterpieces. There is also a nice twist in the book, since Henri’s eggs look “almost” like original paintings, and Smarty enjoyed playing “find the differences” game (photographs of original paintings are included in the back of the book together with information on artists).

Paintings on Foil Eggs

Painting on Foil 

I wanted to try paintings on foil for a while now, so I cut several “egg-like” cardboard shapes and wrapped them in aluminum foil. Smarty was not fully on board at first, since she already spent some time crafting in the library earlier that day. She cheered up when she found out that she will be painting with acrylics. Acrylics is still a big (and messy!) deal for my 4 year old artist.

Great Artists Through Eyes of a 4 Year Old

Foil EggsSmarty doved right in and first of all recreated the wooden striped egg that her  father made for our seasonal candleholder. Clearly in her eyes he is the best artist that ever walked on Earth. Then came Van Gogh swirls (but I started them to give her an idea) and finally some point art. I really like how these eggs came out. I wanted to give them out as presents, but Smarty only agreed to give away my egg (not pictured above). She wanted to keep hers in her room as Easter decoration.

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11 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

I laughed that she was perfectly ok with giving away your egg. Sounds about right. :)

Christy said...

I laughed about her giving away your egg too!!! I love the swirls. All of her eggs look so pretty.

My kids get very excited about acrylic paint too.

Ticia said...

That reminds me I wanted to do that project too!

I love her Van Gogh egg the most. It's so pretty.

MaryAnne said...

Emma would take the same approach - give away my egg, but not her own. Kind of like she is perfectly find sharing her siblings' toys, but not her own (we're working on that).

That books sounds really neat, and the eggs turned out great!

Debbie said...

Pretty eggs! I believe Selena would want to give mine away too and keep her own.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Oh, you did decide to do a craft with this WMCIR book! I love how the eggs turned out.

Julie said...

What a fun craft! They came out beautiful! I may have to do that with the kids tomorrow. I don't tend to use the paints very often, but I'm sure they'd love it!

The girl who painted trees said...

These are beautiful!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the book you chose. The eggs are marvelous!

Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Very funny about her giving away your egg :-)!

The eggs are beautiful, Natalie!

Ashley said...

We actually don't celebrate Easter, but this looks like a cute book! Pretty eggs too!