We've been inspired by another of Eric Carle's amazing picture books, "I See A Song" is a beautiful book which transports the reader on a magical musical journey. As a violinist introduces himself at the beginning of the book he explains; "I see a song. I paint music. I hear colour"
As you start to read, the black & white illustrations of the violinist fade, & Eric Carle's wonderful artwork transports you through a colourful masterpiece.
I managed to find a copy of this book on Amazon, & Minnie loves studying the illustrations & describing which shapes & objects she sees on each page.
Inspired by this book, we listened to music to see if we could hear colour. Minnie is currently fascinated by the ocean, & as soon as she saw a large art canvas she wanted to paint the sea!
We collected paint & a collection of materials to paint/create with. To give Minnie space to explore the paint I added an old plastic kids food tray (that I picked up in a secondhand store). It has a selection of large & small compartments which is great when using different sized painting tools.
|Painting materials included a selection of different sized brushes, shells, small pebbles, sticks, lolly sticks, string, sponges, ribbon, bubble wrap, corrugated paper, jute gauze, pencils, straws. The great thing is most of these items were recycled.|
We selected our music (Anitra's Dance from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 by Grieg) & Minnie started to create!
She started painting with brushes, then with her hands, bubble wrap, a section of jute gauze, shells, sponges, & large brushes.
Here's a glimpse of Minnie creating with a selection of painting materials. (The scraping noise is a shell)
As she painted she named each paint colour to herself, & briefly described what she was painting. She filled a big paintbrush with blue paint & shouted; "Deep blue sea, deep blue sea!" In this video clip you can hear her painting "Blue sky... a big blue sky!"
The hand painting & exploration continued...
Experimenting with the texture & pattern of the bubble wrap
Prints made using the jute gauze & bubble wrap
Minnie enjoyed exploring the texture of the paints, as you can see! In case you're wondering, those are not blue gloves!
It was fascinating to observe her movements as she painted in time to the music using the roller & brushes. As certain parts of the music grew louder, Minnie smacked the paint on the canvas & as the music grew softer, her fingers swirled & blended the paint.
The last clip shows Minnie adding her green paper 'seaweed' to the painting. Her high pitch voice almost seems to be singing along with the music as she sprinkles her seaweed over the canvas.
Some seaweed remained on the canvas, but she removed most of it before adding some cotton wool, coloured cellophane & ripped pieces of tissue paper to her sea. This gave a new dimension to the picture.
When she had finished, we set the canvas aside to dry. As it was drying Minnie placed a few pebbles (that she had collected from a recent visit to the beach) by the canvas. It was lovely to see natural objects from the beach being added to her ocean artwork.
Here's Minnie's finished picture.
Can you hear the music of the sea?
I love the movement in the painting. What could this beautiful brushstroke be?
It was wonderful to observe Minnie's creativity, imagination, self-expression, sensory exploration, & how she connected with the music - it just made my heart sing! And I think the finished picture is beautiful too!