Saturday, September 4, 2010

Creativity at the wheel

Every time the spinning wheel comes out the children start lining up for their turn, it never looses its appeal as every painting is a mystery.  When it is spinning it looks quite different to the finished product and I think that is half of the fascination - "What will my painting look like this time?".
Drawing the circle and making it big enough takes some practice and cutting it out provides lots of challenges.  The adults have to sit on their hands and use their words to allow the children to problem solve both these skills.  Each circle is unique to each child  and they are very proud of their finished product.  Choosing a range of colours in either paint or dye and a range of tools with brushes or squirty bottles, so that the effect on their paper is quite different.Some children complete many pictures each day and others return to it day after day.
The wheel is an old drill and battery which we recharge every day, good old NZ ingenuity.

The 3 pictures on the right belong to one boy who completed 5 pictures in one morning.  He managed the whole process by himself and as you can see each one is original.
Boys, technology and creativity all in one, toss in a little problem solving and noise and what do you get "Boys loving art too".

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