Friday, May 10, 2013

Inspired by the Children

Recently I visited the pre-school where several of my grandchildren attend. 


It was a colorful, busy place, indeed!



As many other schools, art was displayed on the walls.  I was particularly taken with one hall wall, since my latest art passion has been fiber art, or textile art quilts. The children's art was a similar type.

The wall looked like a crayon box with one textured art piece for each color.  Each piece was a collage of items in the specific color glued to a background sheet cut out to a specific shape.  There was a brown bear, a black sheep, a white dog, a blue horse, a red flying bird, etc.


Apparently the teacher chose a photograph, cut out the larger shape in the same color paper, then had the children pick items of the desired color to glue onto it.  Here, she had a frog picture for the green inspiration piece.


And, voila! The finished piece.  I love what the kids used for the eye, the nose and the mouth line in this piece:


Another was a picture of a gray cat with a purple tinge to the picture.


The finished purple cat reminds me that we don't have to stick to the exact color of an item that inspires us!


Sew . . .  here is one of my own textile art quilts where the color does not stick to purely nature's colors:

Plum Blossoms in Blue by AbigailJayneArt
Although it may be a little hard to see on your monitor, I used pale blue tulle to accent my blossoms in this piece--and I don't remember ever seeing any Spring blossoms in blue--except maybe an occasional hydrangea flower! But these are obviously not hydrangea flowers!   Sew fun using other colors to create!  

What inspiration have you received lately and . . . 
what did you do with it? 


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7 comments:

Yankee Burrow Creations said...

that frog is really cool...so is your bag. how fun to just let go and create. I'm following you now. :0)
Debbi
-yankeeburrowcreations

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love it when I walk into a school and see art and projects on the walls. The ones you've showed us are great!
it looks like you had fun with your textile art! pretty!

Kathleen said...

I love the way children approach art with no preconceived notion of what is "right". That is a lesson we could all learn!

The Artful Diva said...

pretty, happy little bag - nicely done!

pasqueflower said...

Kids are so uninhibited with their art work!

bettyl said...

Children are so full of wonder! It's too bad they have to grow up and lose it.

Erika said...

I like the art projects on the wall and your piece.
It is so fun to create with children. Today, the 3 and 4 year olds that I work with asked about the word symbiotic and then experimented with color. It was a strange but FUN day to say the least!