May 5, 2014
We were painting like Michelangelo this morning. It’s a common preschool project where the paper is taped to the bottom of a table and the kids lie on their backs to paint—or more likely, draw. There’s nothing that unusual about it.
But we had the most interesting discussion about it before they began. We started with a picture of the artist.
I told them that he had died almost 500 years ago and, surprisingly none of the kids were upset by his death. Normally there would be gasps or, if I hadn’t mentioned his death, immediate questions about whether he was still alive or how he had died.
Then I showed them a photo of the Sistine Chapel and we started talking about how he had managed to paint it. It would, after all, be a task like them painting our ceiling. They had an immediate answer: a ladder! Alas, an extension ladder, leaning against the wall, would only reach the sides, not the middle. The step ladder wouldn’t be invented for another two hundred years. Okay, how else could he have done it? Step stools (not high enough.) High chairs (unique guess but also not high enough.) Helicopters (okay, now we’re getting silly!)
I finally had to explain scaffolding to them. He built a new floor close to the ceiling and laid there to paint. Then I showed them the paper taped to the underside of the table and said that, to protect their eyes, we’d be using markers instead of paint. I think they were a little disappointed.
The kids also made a small detour while painting. Time to freshen that lipstick!
I guess being busy making art is no excuse not to look your best.