I want to share our Horizontal Sculpture that was inspired by the work onĀ Bakers and Astronauts and some reading I have been doing about Montessori’s thoughts on children and art. I wanted to offer Aodhan the chance to work on a ‘non’ surface and see what he could make with it, and let me tell you – it was the most absorbed in any art project that I have ever seen him. He talked to himself through the whole procedure and seemed to have a vision of his end product right from the start. I almost became weepy at seeing my son so involved with his creation and so proud of himself.

picture wire
duct tape
pipe cleaners
butcher’s twine
*of course these are only suggestions

How to:
I used the door frame/door of a closet and strung the picture wire across the door using duct tape as anchors. I then placed a few bits of masking tape at different points (so that the weight of the pipe cleaners didn’t pull the scultpure down), but he quickly and purposefully removed these. I gave Aodhan 20 or so pipe cleaners and a chair to stand on so that he could be at eye level with the wire. He worked for about 40 minutes on this project and I imagine he would have continued if his supplies hadn’t dwindled. I intend to pick up some more pipecleaners and return to this over the weekend.

This hasn’t been our only experimental art experience this week…….

Nut Art

Being vegans we are mass consumers of nuts. Cashews, peanuts, walnuts, pine nuts and pistachios are big favourites. I got sick of seeing the shells of the pistachios end up in the compost, so I got out the glue after snack the other night and let Aodhan figure out what to do next (it was pretty obvious).

Marble Painting

We finally got around to marble painting. I know!!! What’s wrong with me? It was a great experience for Aodhan – he used his whole body to move those marbles around. We used a variety of marble sizes and talked about the different types of tracks and the speed of the different marbles. And, of course, we went with a Valentine’s Day colour scheme.

Melted Crayons

I was terribly inspired by the melted crayon art seen on Living Life Intentionally, and I decided that we had to give it a go. To be honest, I wasn’t sure that he could handle the process at 2.5, but Aodhan really became absorbed by trying to make a ‘picture’ with his little crayon bits. He completed two canvases, one was an elephant, which you can see much more clearly in the ‘before’ photo and a smiling groundhog. I was impressed.

can you see his elephant in the photo above?

I am linking this up to NutureStore’s Kid Art Explorers

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4 Responses to Horizontal Structure

  1. M says:

    Bravo, Aodhan your sculpture is very interesting and the pink marble painting should be framed!!

  2. What a great idea to have a non-surface. I know what you mean about watching your kids being totally absorbed in something, and there being a bit of a magical moment going on. I can usually spot it with my 5 year old as she will be completely silent – not like her usual self! Thank you so much for linking up with the Kids Art Explorers – hope you might join us again this month too.

  3. Mama Pea Pod says:

    Love the pistachio heart! Have just shared this post on fb.

  4. [...] and we were impressed with how many different ways you interpreted the pipe cleaner challenge: horizontal sculptures, play dough creations, colour studies, special messages. It made me so happy to see how many of [...]

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