The definition for the word Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. It’s inventiveness, innovation, genius, imagination, and originality.
We are always inspired in lower school art, but we have had inspiration overload! Things that describe us and inspire us to get messy was the process for the past few weeks, that subsequently led to some interesting outcomes.
First grade enjoyed their Jackson Pollock inspired painting project. We discovered all the gray areas between abstract expressionism and messy. We just can’t think of a name for it. But these pictures inspire me to have more “expressy” projects in art class!
Second graders finished their collages about themselves. The final pieces say it all.
Pre-Kindergarten worked on projects that were inspired by their letter for the week. “L” is for Lines. Lines that we got to draw with the paper…and on to our art tables. I got lots of gasps and questions, but don’t worry, parents, I gave strict instruction not to mark up tables at home! We also did “H” is for Hedgehog with a Heart. I can’t say more than fabulous!
In Kindergarten, we discussed how things, like copies of artwork, are printed. We created art we wanted to make prints of, using foam sheets and then painting them using primary colors. We also created Mixed Up Monsters with 2 primary colors that would create the secondary color of their choice. They blew the paint together with a straw and cut their body parts and accessories out of construction paper.
Art is everywhere. Advent classes find inspiration everywhere we look. And we are having fun making it. “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”  – Maya Angelou
Jennifer Gibson
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