Friday, August 31, 2012

Fine Motor Leads to Fine Arts Part 27

photo of: Fine Motor Leads to Fine Arts part 27

Welcome! or WELCOME BACK!!
September hovers on the horizon. 
That means school. 
That means fine motor. 
To me? That means FINE ARTS.
This is part 27. It's a 'quickie.' 
Looking for the first 26 'biggies'? 
They're cataloged as Fine Motor Friday.  


photo of: Supporting Children's *ART*
Fine motor. Fine Arts.
Fine Arts. Fine motor. 
Potato. Po-ta-toe.
How do we use one for the other?
How do they relate to each other? 
How do we develop each?

photo of: Child's Drawing of Dinosaur in Colorful Treatment Using Mixed Media

I wonder at a marvel of this sort!
I never tire of seeing children's artwork. 
Take a good look at this bold creature. 
Look at the imagination. 
Look at the colors.
Look at the workmanship. 
Look at the effort! 
YEAH ARTIST!

To create a masterpiece of this level we have to begin earlier. 
We must be certain to give children access to materials. 
We must be certain to support their exploration. 

photo of: Happy Smiling Face Painted by Young Child
Painted Preschool Self-Portrait, "Happy Face" 
But let's go back even earlier. 
Before the paint brush can be wielded to create the smile. 
We have to go back to the exploration and manipulation of the media itself. 

photo of: Bubble Wrap Used as Painting Material -- Displayed as Product

Here we have bubble wrap in the classic early print-making experience that goes: Apply paint. Print. Simple as that. See the polka dot pattern emerge. Cause and effect. Transference. Impact. Exploration. Color theory in earnest, up close-and-personal. 

What I LUV LUV LUV about this particular piece of bubble wrap? It has been matted as a piece of artwork, itself to be examined and valued. Oh yeah!

Yes. We need to surround children with interesting materials. From the very beginning and at each and every stage of their development. 

photo of: Making Math Meaningful: Parquetry Blocks in Elementary School
Parquetry Blocks Used for Exploration in Art + Math

photo of: Parquetry Blocks in Art Explorations of Shapes and Color

Here's to an awesome new school year filled with oodles of opportunities to explore and create, strengthening the fine motor muscles needed to support all manner of ARTS experiences.

***A quick head's up. Tomorrow I will continue my Saturday morning series of Pinteresting-People Directories. Tomorrow's will link up all sorts of ARTS types. My dream would be have TONS of Art teachers, Teaching Artists and the whole gaumet of creative pinners, listed in one spot. Be sure to come back tomorrow to get linked into the directory. 


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Come join my peeps! 

-- Debbie --

Did you see my article yesterday? 
Talk about making your mark on the world. 

photo of: Handprint Poems, Rhymes and Art Projects (RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)


If you arrived via Pinterest, here's the link to my RoundUP with nearly 30
different handprint projects. 

Or maybe you missed my recent RoundUP with skads
of manners to create 'self-portraits' for an 
ALL ABOUT ME 
project? 
Click here. 

photo of: Self Portraits by Children ("All About Me" RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Handprint Poems + Projects

photo of: Handprint Poems, Rhymes and Art Projects (RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Welcome to my HANDS-ON Handprint RoundUP! 
photo of: Classic Rainbow from Painted Hand Prints as Bulletin Board Cover

I have handprint sculptures!
Handprint poems. 
Handprint collaborations. 
Handprint art projects. 
Handprint wreaths.
Handprint math.
Handprint bulletin boards.  
Handprint letter recognition.
Handprint gifts. 
 Handprint flags.
Handprints for back-to-school! 
Handprints for end-of-school! 
Handprints for Grandparent's Day! 
Holiday handprints!

Even a handprint map!!

photo of: fine motor in Art for children, painting for kids, fine motor development
My own Mr.Twinzee in action! (That's my grandson, silly!) 

We will be painting those hands!
We will also be 'tracing' round hands. 

[These are images I've photographed during my Author-Illustrator School Visits.] 

Here's a HANDS DOWN FAVORITE! 

photo of: Elementary Art project with hand tracings

Did I say Handprint bulletin board for 
back-to-school Apple theme? 
You bettcha! 

photo of: Back to School Bulletin Board on Apple Theme: Cooperative Art Project with Painted Handprints and Rhyme
Back to School Bulletin Board with Painted Handprints
photo of: Handprints as Fall Leaves on Bulletin Board

photo of: Our Little Turkeys: Painted Handprints (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Classroom Door Decoration for Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Turkey Handprint Painting with Rhyme (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Painted Handprint as a Turkey (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Turkey Handprints with Feathers in Head Start via RainbowsWithinReach

OK. These are supposed to be handprints............ 
but these toesies are just TOO cute! 

photo of: Turkeys Painted from Footprints with Feathers via RainbowsWithinReach

Now let's get beyond Thanksgiving and all of those turkeys! 


photo of: Painted Antlers on Reindeer Photograph

photo of: Painted Handprint Floral Bouquet


photo of: Handprint Poem suitable for Grandparent's Day

photo of: Handprint poem for Preschool Keepsake

This poem would be perfect for the first day of school. 
Preschool poem for back-to-school? 
Got it covered! 

photo of: Handprint poem for preschool, handprint rhyme for kindergarten graduation

photo of: Handprint Poem via RainbowWithinreach

photo of: Preschool graduation keepsake, handprint rhyme for preschool

photo of: Handprint Wreath for Classroom Door

photo of: Color Theory explained through Painted Handprints with Partner

photo of: Class Mural Collaboration of Individual Handprint paintings creating a Sunflower in Bloom.


photo of: Classroom Door of Individual Decorated Hands via RainbowsWithinReach

photo of: Counting by tens using Cut Out Handprints for 100 Day of School Celebration

photo of: 100 Day Bulletin Boards with 100 Painted HandPrints in a Heart Collaboration

photo of: Painted Handprints for Letter Recognition

Here's an international map! 
This next one is from my field trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy!!!!

YES!! 
I got to sing with the Italian children, 
while on my European tour to our US Army bases in Germany + Italy! 

photo of: Painted Handprint Map of Italy

photo of: Flag of painted handprints

photo of: Children's Painted Handprints Create American Flag

photo of: Painted Handprint Christmas Wreath for Bulletin Board

photo of: Unique as a Snowflake Bulletin Board (from Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
"Unique as a Snowflake" Bulletin Board from Painted Handprints
photo of: Mother's Day handprint rhyme, poem for Mother's Day, craft gift for Mother's Day
Flowers from Printed Thumb-Prints

photo of: Mother's Day Kindergarten Gift, handprint for Mother's Day on ceramic tile,
Ceramic Tile Finger Print Keepsake in Kindergarten 
photo of: Bulletin Board with Painted Hand Prints for Spring

 handprint paintings for kindergarten, Mother's Day art project, preschool craft for Mother's Day

photo of: Painted Handprint Flowers in Reggio Emilia Italy

photo of: Keepsake for leaving Preschool and heading to kindergarten

photo of: Rainbow collaboration from individual Traced Handprints
Handprint Rainbow Welcome for Debbie Clement
Have you been pin-inspired? Would ya be willin' to help a blogger out and pin your favorite? I'm so appreciative of my pinners. Thanks, as always. 

I have an ENTIRE pinboard with "My Two Hands" pins from across the cyber universe, you're one click away

-- Debbie -- 

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