Thursday, October 29, 2009

Open-Ended Art: Pumpkins

The theme this week for open-ended art was pumpkins. Open-ended art means just what it says: Give the kiddos the supplies and let them go at it. It is purposefully unstructured.

We did two different pumpkin art projects this morning. (Yes we did both of them this morning, E just loves to paint!)

First, we painted a small pumpkin. We mixed our colors so we had a whole palate to choose from, and then I turned E loose with the paintbrush. Our pumpkin ended up seeming rather large to a 1 1/2 year old, so we compromised. Mommy painted one side of the pumpkin and E painted the other. I was trying to show her different ways to paint with her brush: spreading on the color, stripes, but once I got to the poka dots, it was all over. She LOVES to paint polka dots.

The second pumpkin art project we did was pumpkin prints. I guess they had leftover pumpkins from the Halloween festival at work, so I picked up a few. I cut one in half and showed E how to dip it in paint and make prints on the paper. We didn't get around to apple printing this fall, so it was something new for her.

And here are our finished projects! To see more open-ended art visit Mommies Wise Little Bookworms.


Zonnah said...

The pumpkin prints turned out beautiful!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Great projects, great pictures and pretty advanced execution for someone under 2 :)

Susan said...

WOW! She did a terrific job. I love the idea of using the pumpkin to make prints.

Pigs Do Fly said...

Great projects! Pumpkin printing looks like a lot of fun -- it made a neat abstract-y painting!

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

great projects looks like you all had alot of fun!

love your blog name! :)