Saturday, 27 February 2010
Thought i would share this site with you. http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/index.htm
And especially this page http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/page13.htm
The paper art work is by Helen Musselwhite. All the beautiful art is created by hand using various textures of paper and then constructed together in layers.
I love this art so much. I also think children could have fun making these.
When i ran a Beaver Scout group (6-8 years, boys and girls), the children loved anything art and craft and especially when we made a gigantic deep sea diorama. It was kind of like this with an old wrecked boat, pirates treasure, the fish swimming around (on strings), seaweed and real sand and shells, plus a trunk full of pirates treasure.
The diorama was displayed in our local library to promote summer holidays reading, and books related to the the sea were displayed with it.
Together we made the gigantic one, and they also made their own dioramas in shoe boxes they got to take home and the back was where they stored their summer reading cards and charts etc related to the theme for that year.
Making these was fun becase the children explored various ways of constructing art, they got to use a wide variety of materials, and were left free to create. They also got a trip to our beach crabbing and collecting items, a trip to the library for a pirates treasure hunt and story telling from wonderful expressive readers, and a trip to our lake which is half sea water to pond dip, take photos and look at wildlife. They also made their own crab lines from wood, weights, string and a hook (most of them got the hook caught in their trousers and i spent all the time unhooking them). Not only that but its amazing how many children can not use cellotape so they learned that skill too, lol. I tried to make them learn stuff that can otherwise be boring in a fun and exciting way. Dont think they realised how much they studied and learned.
Mothers day will soon be here and thought this would be a nice idea for children to make a homemade gift. They could use shop bought frames, but could also make them from boxes covered with papier mache, then painted and decorated.