Painting with First Graders should be a requirement for any adult wanting to learn to paint better. Yesterday I was the 'visiting artist' in three First Grade rooms where our triplet grandchildren go to school.

After giving a short demo of a cardinal on a Redbud branch, helpers passed out the supplies so that everyone could paint. What an amazing group of children! And very well behaved, too.

How fascinating it was to watch as each child carefully considered what to paint. They followed directions so well about making puddles of color, and many noticed, excitedly, the accidental color combinations that occurred in their palettes.

With only an hour to paint in each room, the time flew by. The first photo shows one of the galleries of art that they created.

This age group seems so spontaneous with the brush as well as being so trusting that the painting will be beautiful. It was a delight to be with each class.

They used palettes I'd ordered from Viking Woodcrafts in Minnesota, along with Da Vinci watercolor paints to paint on a fourth sheet of 90# Fabriano artistico paper. Every round and flat brush from my studio had been gathered up for this venture, along with water containers, small sponges, and a broken credit card (for making lines, branches, grasses, stems, etc.) They were well equipped to paint with professional supplies.

Some of the masterpieces will be displayed today in the cafeteria hallway so that the whole school can see them. Most wanted to take their paintings home with them right away, but I'm glad that others will get to appreciate their artwork, too.

Years ago, I was an elementary art teacher and have always loved seeing artwork created by children. Next month when our grandchildren visit our house, we will have an art show in the studio of their work created in the past year - wish you could all attend. Refreshments will undoubtedly include Easter candy.

Tonight we'll be painting here at their house with some of their friends. After last night's gorgeous sunset, they want to know how to paint beautiful sunsets. It will prove to be a very busy evening for me, I'm sure.

It's been an incredibly busy week, mostly spent taking care of four special children, doing lots of laundry, and fixing meals. The painting time was a bonus for sure!

On Monday, our Daughter-in-Law's Fourth Grade Class will be painting with me. Then I'm ready to head back home.


bbpryor said...

What a wonderful gift you are giving these Grands!
They will always remember, and so will their friends. A VERY SPECIAL Grandma!

RHCarpenter said...

Sounds like a very busy, very tiring, but very enjoyable time :) Potential artists, all...who knows what you have planted and what will grow!

Dawn said...

wow I bet you are taking a nap today too. what a great grandmom you are. xoxo

A Brush with Color said...

These kids are adorable--and you can just see the serenity they're feeling creating like this--does my heart good. They look positively captivated. These are wonderful, Sandy! I'll bet you're a great teacher. I love those palettes you got for them! Looks fun!

Vicki Greene said...

They look like they are having a wonderful time. What fun!

jane minter said...

how wonderful , it really is a very special age ...loved reading both your posts here sandy esp as i have two daughters 5 and 11 year old ... enjoy your easter and creating your gallery with your grandchildren .

Barb Sailor said...

This was so heart-warming to read - as a public school art teacher I always enjoy reading about children enjoying the creative process...they are so fresh and creative and have not yet learned to lay adult pressures and standards on themselves. What a great experience you gave them.