We are starting to spend more time at home. While we aren't in total lockdown (my older children are still at school) Otto and I are home most of the time. Luckily we have a smallish but safe backyard to play in and the weather has been gorgeous. I have been heavily influenced by some of the process art I've seen at our toddler art classes. Our classes have been cancelled for now so along with a lot of other work, I'm making sure I offer some interesting art experiences.
I love the idea of a painting texture wall. We don't have space for a wall so I made Otto a texture painting box. Ideas for interesting textures include;
- cardboard fruit trays,
- egg cartons,
- corrugated card,
- different kids of bubble wrap.
All of our textures are from from Reverse Garbage or from our own recycling supplies.
I've simply used a hot glue gun to attach the textures to the box. The key to this is to provide a good amount of paint. Otto likes it to be really gloopy and to mix the colours around. I buy our poster/acrylic paints like this in 2 litre bottles, it's much more affordable to buy it in bulk and this way I don't mind if we use a lot of it.
Above are lots of lids, below you can see some bubble wrap and egg cartons. He can use the paint brush in different ways and mix the paint in the lids and egg cartons. The bubble wrap is slippery and the paint slides around much easier. This is about developing creativity, exploration of texture and colour and manipulation of the paint brush with the hand increasing hand strength and coordination. It is also about creating a point of interest for the day.
My inspiration includes this texture wall at the Little Ginger Studio. This is from one of Otto's classes, the toddlers loved it!
This texture wall is also at the Little Ginger Studio. I love Danielle's use of colour, the colour is as interesting as the textures.
While this can get a little messy, it is a nice way to use recyclables and to provide an art surface that can be used over and over again.