Welcome to the next in our on-going series of Exploring Reggio , where we look at the ideas of Reggio Emilia philosophies and experiment with our own interpretations as we apply these to all areas of our play and learning at home. We are hosting this series alongside An Everyday Story, Learn with Play at Home, Twodaloo, One Perfect Day and (new this week!) Racheous.
You can read the introduction to the series here, our open-ended literacy role play area here and symmetrical pattern-making on a mirror box here. All caught up? Onto today’s investigation into textured paints!
I think mostly all of our art activities that we do together fit well with the Reggio idea of teaching and learning about art. Art plays a huge role in Reggio centres, with a full time art teacher, known as an Atelierista being employed to work with children in a designated space within the room. Small art exploration stations known as Ateliers are set up for a number of different art projects using a wide range of art materials combined with recycled and natural loose parts. Sculpture, clay models and hanging art features highly as a way to divide space, investigate form and reflect light. Art is given primary importance because it seen as one of the easiest “languages” with which the chid can speak and communicate their thought processes to adults. As with the other areas and use of resources, art materials are freely accessible and children experiment with lots of combinations of loose materials to great effect, often continuing their projects over a series of sessions as needed.
For our painting session we decided to try combining some kitchen ingredients into paint for free exploration and to see what effect each would have on the texture created. Into some bowls we collected salt, flour, oats and white glue. We could also have used sawdust, glitter, soil, sand, crushed cereal, shredded paper, shampoo etc. and perhaps we will next time we try this!
Into a large dip tray (which, incidentally, has been a great resource for introducing play materials for provocations) we poured some normal paints in bright colours.
They then mixed in large handfuls or scoopfuls of each material and stirred them through with paint brushes. Left to right below is white glue, flour, salt and oats.
The paints were wonderfully tactile to touch, stir and paint with and each material was quite different in the effect it produced. They adhered to the paper in a very satisfying way and I imagine they would work well with recycled cardboard materials if making a textured paint sculpture too.
As they dried they changed again, with the glue-paint becoming shiny and hard, the salt paint glistening, the oat-paint lumpy and crunchy and he flour paint thick and rough. The flour paint resembled puffy paints and some of the others seemed like acrylics or glitter glues.
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