Bubble wrap rolling pin is our one of the favorite art tools. The children created their own interpretation of impressionists' paintings. O chose Van Gogh's Starry Night and S chose Iris Scott's Arcadia (at first I thought it was Van Gogh's painting but later I found that it was different artist's work which seemed similar to Van Gogh's painting style).
I chose Van Gogh's paintings because I wanted the children to pay attention on how he used his brushstrokes to describe movements of moving clouds and swirly wind in the sky.
S (5yrs old) chose the day time scenery picture so she used blue and white, and O (4yrs old) chose night time scenery picture so he used blue and black for the background.
The children used the bubble wrap rolling pin to resemble the impressionists' brushstrokes which depicted bright, shiny light reflection in the scene, and I think it came out fantastically.
S was really careful about her choice of colors and positions of the flowers, and she was so surprised at her own work at the end. During the process, she asked a lot of questions about how to make that moving clouds and she really put effort to it.
O (4yrs old) used bold brushstrokes as Van Gogh did. He was very proud of his work as well. Although Van Gogh's moon in the original painting was yellow, he decided to go with white only because that's what he saw in the sky. From far away, Van Gogh's moon seemed like a full moon, but when they looked at it closely, they found the crescent moon inside the circle.
It was a fun exploration about the impressionism!
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