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Exploring a new medium - Charcoal

Charcoal Art at 24 months (Otis)
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Over the weekend the boys explored charcoal as a new art medium. I wasn't sure about young children using charcoal until I read this article. Varying the depth of colour, smudging, shading, better for the children's fine motor skills - I was sold. The safety precautions are the same as chalk, not in the mouth and don't blow (or inhale) the dust. 
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We took this activity outside. It wasn't very messy at all. The children only needed to wash their hands and wipe the table down afterwards. Later we put the paper on clipboards so the boys could move around with their art. It's a nice contrast to our usual painting. 
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Exploring a new medium - charcoal
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Caspar (five years) with Charcoal Art
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Caspar (five years) charcoal art
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Caspar (five years) observational drawing with charcoal
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Have you used charcoal before? I really enjoyed it. The charcoal goes onto the paper really smooth - it's fun and easy to use. 

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