I spent the morning at the public school in town and had two fun art classes with the Grade 3 class and the Kindergarten Class. I taught them about what 'Collaborative' Artwork means. I explained how when more than one artist work together to create art, that is collaborative art. I gave the example of a photographer taking a photo; then another artist using that photo to create a painting.
I also talked to the kids about 'community', what that looks like what buildings might be a part of a community. With these two concepts in mind, I invited the kids to be a part of a collaborative artwork between the two different classes. Their project was to design their own houses/buildings, including trees etc., in order to piece them all together in a collaborative way, creating their own community.
I asked two girls in the grade three class to paint the background for their community onto a canvas. Before long their was a small crowd of 8 kids or so trying to get in there to help out! I love the effect that the water colour paint had on the canvas; I encouraged them to let it drip and get messy.
The Kindergarten class also had fun designing their own houses - many of which ended up with a fun, whimsical look.
Stay tuned for part two of this project, where I will show you the final product! Its going to be both fun and challenging to piece all of the images together to make one large artwork.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.