The Process…


We love least all of us at home enjoy playing with paints and paper. It is always about the process for us…we often don’t have a fancy product to show for our explorations with paint and other art media. I have very few paintings framed on the wall…a lot of our art is cut up for other craft type activities. And yet…the exploration…the experience lead to interesting outcomes, perhaps not visible on paper but very much in the discussions and conversations that accompany and follow the activity.

Day before the boys were sitting and painting – excited about a new art set they got for their birthday. Since Amu had taken half the colors, nish and sid were left with blue, black and white. Nish played around, mixing white and blue to make lighter and lighter shades of blue. He was pretty excited to discover that the more white he added, the lighter it got. He knew he would get a lighter shade by adding white, but now he was able to explore degrees of light blue!

And then his little Eureka moment was when he added some black to the blue paint and discovered that he got a darker shade of blue. It was so cool to see that little light bulb moment!

So, once again…so much learning in the process…and the product? Well, here is all we really have to show for it:



About myfourboysandme

Mom - a word that defines me... I smell of oats, johnson's and home baked cookies I am pink, purple, green and orange and so is the floor my kids color on. Flour on my clothes and a brush in my pocket, my glasses bent out of shape and smudged with tiny fingerprints. I can't remember the date but i know almost 40 pictures books by heart. I wake up humming 'wheels on the bus'and i talk with my fingers and eyes and mouth. My bag carries band aids, napkins, wipes, crayons, papers, candy and sometimes my wallet. I know all the parks and very few of the restaurants in my neighborhood. Most of my shopping is diapers, books and paints My phd certificate lies in a roll, the frame now contains an abstract work of art by two year olds and i am prouder of that piece of paper. mom - a word that defines me!

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