September 29, 2014
Today we did “scrape” painting. We started with a handful of old gift cards and a bunch of new (empty) ones that were donated by a local Starbucks (Yay!!) Never be afraid to ask for a donation; so frequently I’ve been told “Sure! How many do you want?” The worst they can do is look at you like you’re crazy (and aren’t all good preschool teachers crazy?) and say “No.”
The kids got their own paint shirts, paper and paint. They squirted a little paint on their paper (and sometimes a lot *sigh* there’s very little moderation among preschoolers), grabbed a gift card, and scraped the paint along their own path. The first two or three all chose a color and only scraped that color even though I said they could have different colors. I grabbed a piece of paper, squirted out two previously unused colors, did two long swooping scrapes, and showed the class. Not looking for copies of my own efforts, I then immediately threw it out before anyone realized what colors I’d used.
I needn’t have bothered. They immediately got busy scraping several squirts of different colors.
Then they went to wash their hands. Two girls in particular felt the need to wash between each piece of paper painted. One even interrupted her activity to wash her hands in the middle of the project.
Why? They had discovered that the clear soap on their hands was turning different colors depending on what paint they’d used. There’s nothing like a little science thrown in, too. Or maybe that counts as ephemeral art?