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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Unknown said...

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

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!

betty-NZ 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!