Multi-Tool Painting

Apr 27, 2012

Another way we like to paint is with different painting tools on the same picture. It can create a lovely effect while also engaging your child cognitively as they switch between processes.

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For this activity I provided a large sheet of paper, a variety of different types of paint (Some on a sponge for printing) and some various painting tools (4 Different brush types of varying thicknesses and some textured stamps..psst: This set was purchased from Mothercare)

Decisions, decisions...

 Using focus and concentration while exploring the different marks each different brush or stamp makes

 As she picked up each tool (of course she wanted to use each and every one in her design) I can see how she is handling and holding each one and gently show her another way to hold the brush. Teaching her the different control you can get over each tool depending on how it's handled.

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 The work in progress

Handy tips:

- Use new language and descriptive words like, "textures" and "implements." This will help with their language development.

-Ask questions to help connect their understanding and use vocabulary to give them words to describe what they're creating, eg. "Why did you choose to use that tool first?", "Which is the next tool you are going to choose?", "Did the pattern show up well using the glitter paint? Why/why not?"

- Listen to your child talk as they go through their experiences. This will help you determine where they are at with their learning, knowledge and understanding and help you to develop the activity (or future activities) to their level and interests.

- This activity can be repeated time and time again with a different end result each time. Mix around and change some of the materials that you provide each time to inspire new ideas

- Use this time to demonstrate particular skills to them that they might be attempting unsuccessfully. For example, how or where they are gripping the paintbrush. How they can avoid big drips of paint on their page etc.

Debs :)
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