So for this months' book club we have been working on Clowning. "Clowning?" you say, "it is January, why clowning?" Well, it is January, that's why. Every year when January rolls around I am pretty tired of grey trees and grey skies. In December it is okay but once the Christmas season is over, I am pretty well done with old man winter. So when contemplating this months' book club I decided to go with something cheery, bright, colorful; hence, clowns.
Week one we read Roarr Calder's Circus. I love this book, it is an absolute riot. Maira Kalman takes Alexandar Calder's wire and twine sculptures and tells a circus tale that had my kids rolling. What a fantastic book. The art was wonderful and engaging and while I didn't have time this go around I thought it would be a wonderful spring board for an art project of 3d sculpturing using found material. Also you can add in this video, Alexandar Calder uses his figurines to perform a circus! So fun.
After we read Calder's we got to work on some Tempra Clowns (idea came from deepspacesparkle.blogspot.com). They were so much fun. I gave them each a 12x18 sheet of white construction paper and set out muffin tins with the basic six plus black and some brushes. The kids used pencil to sketch out their clowns with me reminding them to draw large and giving them a lesson in facial proportions. Then they filled in their clowns with the tempra and once it was dry to the touch went back and did the outlines with a fine brush and some black paint. The clowns came out so unique and very clowny looking. The paintings will be used to decorate a wall in the library later in the month. Here are a few of my young artists' paintings
Okay, so that was week one of DIY Clowning. I'll share everything else we've done in upcoming posts. So check back here for a four sessions of hands on clowning activities.