This week, at the ‘Connect With Nature Through Art’ class, learned all about cave paintings. We made paint with dirt and butter and we even played shadow tag at the end.
What We did
When we were ready for our nature walk, we gathered up a bowl and spoon each and went off in search of different shades of dirt. They each chose a shade of dirt and gathered about a cup of it up. We also grabbed a couple of really big rocks.
When we got back to the table, the kids mixed about 2 tablespoons of butter with their dirt till the paint was like a thick paste.
I gave them some cardstock, paintbrushes and popsicle sticks. I suggested they paint a portrait of their family or something in their life that was important to them just like the people who lived in caves would have.
We painted for about an hour. By the end the whole table (and us) were a total mess.
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What We Learned
Before we went one our nature walk, I showed the kids some famous cave paintings and told them a little bit about them.
The first one we talked about was the ‘Cueva De Los Manos,’ or the ‘ Cave of Hands.’
They learned that often, hands were painted to depict people and that many who lived in caves would paint their families or historical events.
Then we talked about the cave paintings that were discovered in the 1940’s by some boys in France near the Sistine Chapel.
The Fun We Had
This was a VERY messy project and it would have looked to anyone else that we were just painting with mud. But, we didn’t care because it was a lot of fun and a great way to learn about how art was made thousands of years ago.
One thing that really stands out was when one of the girls decided to wipe the mud from her hands all the way down her shirt. We had wet wipes, so this was not necessary. She had been painting with her fingers. The paint was almost to her elbows. I was taking photos of the other girl and out of the corner of my eye, before I could stop her, down slides BOTH her hands from the top of her shirt to the middle of her pants. I said “Hey! Why didn’t you use the wipes?” I had been pretty quiet for a while to let them work, so when I suddenly spoke, she jumped. The look on her face was priceless. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a shot of the way she looked when she was explaining why it made more sense to use her clothes than the wet wipes right beside her. Haha.
The other girl turned to me with a look of confusion and said “She lives on a farm. She is used to mud.” Well, the shirt and pants are clean no more.
I saw this video and I had to write about it. This bothers me a lot! I get sick of hearing people say "that's only for boys/ girls, or "boys shouldn't wear pink!"
For me, it's hypocritical. I have heard many parents say to their sons they can not play with dolls or wear a pink shirt. But rarely do I hear those same parents say their daughters are not allowed to play with cars or wear a blue shirt. When I was little girl, my dad would try to discourage my brother from playing house with me, but he never once discouraged me from playing with my brother's Hot Wheels. In fact, I collect them now and my dad has not acted like it was not okay for him at all. I know that if my brother started collecting antique dolls, my dad would have a COW!
My favorite shirts have almost always been blue. In fact, that was my favorite color for more than ten years. When my brother was little, his favorite color was pink. When my dad found out about this, he was angry and told my brother pink was a girl color. For years after that, his new favorite color was red (which is as close to pink as possible without actually being pink).
My dad is not a horrible person or anything, I am just using things that happened in my family to illustrate a point. Toys are toys. They all have specific purposes and boys should play with whatever toys they want and so should girls. Boys should wear pink and girls should wear blue. We all want to be seen as equals, but separating 'boy toys' from 'girl toys,' or 'boy clothes' from 'girl clothes' is not helping us all think of each other as equals. If you insist that your boys do not wear pink or play with 'girl toys,' you should also insist your daughters do not wear blue or play with 'boy toys.' Because, really, what is this telling your sons and daughters?
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I am sure you all have see the art class featured in the sidebar the last few weeks and I thought I'd explain that a little bit more. This summer, I am trying something new. I love art of all mediums and I really wanted to share my love with some local kids. I also love being outside. Connecting With Nature Through Art combines both my love for adventure outdoors and my passion for art.
In this class, we will start to train our brains to see the art in nature. Each class we will go on a short hike through the park searching for inspiration. Then we will use different techniques (like resist painting and collage design) to create a unique project. Each class will begin with an icebreaker or team-building game to help create a sense of community between all the kids. The last class we will work together to create a large mural on the ground using only nature we find on our walk.
The class starts next Tuesday and will continue every week for four weeks. I will be blogging each week about what we do. If you want to be a part of the class, you have until Monday to register on EventBrite.
If you are not in the Goldendale/ Columbia Gorge area, stay tuned to see all the we have and get some summertime ideas for your family!
I was a nanny for over ten years. Now, I make homemade toys and write full time. Occasionally, I work at my local schools and provide back- up child care for some parents I used to work for and for my church's nursery. I am multi-talented and loves to paint, draw, crochet, write and sew.