These little gaffers made a real impression! The white stuff was falling outdoors, but nothing could keep us from thinking about colour, light and flowers in grade one last week. I spoke to the children for a bit about sitting in Monet’s gardens, perched on one bridge and looking across the water to another. We talked about flowers. Aren’t Smart boards wonderful? Isn’t it a tremendous thing to be able to pull up images of waterlilies to look at on a wintry spring day? Or to visit Paris in a moment? Or to be able to walk the halls of the Louvre? Technology is wonderful.
I also enjoy the fact that children as young as this will take on depiction…looking at references and transferring what they see onto a surface. It’s a brilliant thing watching the mind, eye, arm, hand co-ordinate to do such an amazing thing!
In the end, they decided that the Impressionists liked making ‘smudges’. So, they proceeded to ‘smudge’, like little worker-ants. It was a morning of beauty and light.
Thank you to Jon, who cleaned up all the white paint trays. I am so grateful!