Yesterday I volunteered in my daughter's Kindergarten class. I introduced them to the artist Monet. Beforehand I expected to lose at least half the class's interest in the art project I wanted them to do with me. I assumed that some of them would be bored, and be distracted etc. I'm so glad to say that I was very wrong! I began with explaining briefly who Monet is. And then step by step I walked them through a mixed media art project. We started with paper, then added chalk, crayon, paint applied with a towel, then finally, paint applied with the hands. They ended up with a child's take of Monet's classic water lilies under the bridge. Each of of them stayed interested in the project (25 4-6 yr olds!) and seemed happy with their final artwork. I loved seeing them having fun with the project. I went away with paint all over my hands, paint on my volunteers tag (oops! forgot to wash it off), and paint on my clothes. I will most definitely to do this again soon.
PS I got the idea from here - http://tr.pinterest.com/jacquecre8joy/inclusion-kindergarten-art/
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.