This week we upcycled old maps into new art. I provided three different drawing tools: markers, oil pastels, and chalk pastels, along with paint, glitter and do dads and let the children be the master designer of their art.
Even the youngest students 18 M – 2 Y enjoyed drawing on the maps. Perhaps it’s less intimidating than working on a blank white canvas.
This 3 yr old student got into the motion of rubbing with drawing tools, perhaps inspired by the busy backdrop of the map.
This 4 yr old student made a “maze” inspired by the lines on the map.
Adding paint and do dads took the art to a whole new level.
Hand prints have been a running theme i the studio the last few weeks.
With the older students I challenged them to follow the lines on the map. I explained this as an exercise that helps you slow down to practice line drawing. Maps are great because they usually have a combination of straight and curved lines.
Here are few pics of some finished products.
Some students worked on pine cone trees.
In a few of my classes we worked on playdough as an introduction to the day.
I let the children practice cutting with toddler knives which they don’t usually get to do at home. It’s always a hit.
This student was incredibly prolific with her “blueberry pancake” making! This gave us a great opportunity to tie some math as we counted her long line of pancakes.