Halloween Greetings to all! We created some spooky artwork last week gearing up to celebrate Halloween. This was definitely an art project that focused on the art process – it took three days, but was well worth the wait. Any project that helps a three year old work on patience gets a thumbs up in my book.
Day 1 – Claire drew a web in white crayon. The idea was to get some lines on the page, this is Claire’s work so I wasn’t preoccupied with the perfect web shape. Claire filled the entire page with purple liquid watercolors and any puddling was quickly absorbed by the paper and wound up looking mottled – very cool indeed. We kept a wet rag handy to catch any spills, these paints are sure potent!
On Day 2, we moved onto the spider handprints. I painted Claire’s fingers and most of her palm (her giggles were hilarious) and helped her press each hand onto the web we painted the day before.I suppose at this point you could have glued the googly eyes on while the paint was still wet,but I wanted to stretch this out as long as possible. We hung the eyeless critters up to dry and called it quits.
On Day 3 we talked a lot about spiders and their eight legs
(and eyes!). We read the gentle-worded and non-fiction “Are You A Spider?” followed by the silly “Aaaarrgghh! Spider!”
Claire said our spider was missing her face so I thought googly eyes might satisfy her.I poured some glue into a spoon for her to use and gave her a paint brush to
apply it. This seems to be one of the neatest ways for Claire to use glue. We put eight eyes on one of the spiders but it just didn’t look right. Maybe if we had a few different
sizes we would have been more successful. We stuck with the cartoony spider version and just used two.