Donald Trump Rocks?

blog 007This past week we were learning about the prehistoric era in art. Part of that exploration included the creation of  rock people as masterpieces since so much of the work of the prehistoric artists involved creative use of stone as canvas.

First, we took a look at the Lascaux caves to get a sense of the way in which rock was used as a surface for creating art. Next, we went on a nature walk and gathered stones that attracted our attention. Finally, we went into the craft cupboard and pulled out yarn, googley eyes and any other materials that seemed relevant.

As you can see, it was really the cotton balls that brought our rock person to the next level. Suddenly one of our rocks was transformed into a particularly hard-headed political figure.  After completing her work, Althea said “Look mama!  It’s ‘Mister  Trunk’!” Is it just us? Do you see the likeness?

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Talking of Michaelangelo

Arts and crafts are so much more fun – for mama – when they can be educational for me too!  It’s always fun to provide some context for a craft. I think this is why we like the holidays. Theme-based and holiday based crafts have always been the bomb. But what about crafts based on artistic styles? It allows me as a mom to do a bit of research about an artist and time period in art that is intriguing to me and that enriches my artistic awareness.

I showed Althea some online video of the Sistine chapel and told her that it was painted on the ceiling!! Woah. That’s pretty neat stuff. So we tried it!

We pulled out the piano bench and unfolded a soft mattress underneath it (a yoga mat would have done just as well). Imagine that – underneath was taped a piece of craft paper to be coloured and crayons in the piano bench at the ready! Time to create the next great pièce de résistance my little Michaelangelo…