The idea from this project comes from The Artrageous Afternoon Blog. It is based on Picasso’s Hands Holding Flowers. I remember this artwork used to hang in the hallway in my parents house in a yellow frame and when I was a kid I was always interested in the simplicity of it and the way that the flowers were so bright and bold against contour-line hands. Who is the giver of these flowers and who is the receiver? It is such a perfect moment captured in a unique way.
Kindergartners replicated the spirit of this artwork with their own hands holding flowers. We began by drawing patterns of lines and shapes on paper.
Students used construction paper to trace their hands and cut them out.
They used scraps from this project to create torn paper flower stems.
They even got to look at real (fake) flowers to see what parts of a flower look like.
We used tissue paper and more scraps and bits from other projects to create the flowers.
These were really fun to make and they look kind of wild. I have mentioned before that I try really hard to steer away from “craft” projects (which this very easily could have been). Craft style projects all end up looking nearly identical and they have such neat craftsmanship that an adult might as well have made it. I want my students to have ownership of their work and have as little of my aesthetic or influence as possible. Kids should feel empowered as artists; how often do you hear an adult say “I am terrible at art, I can’t draw a stick figure to save my life!” Hopefully my students/future adults will never utter these words and will instead go forth into the world as creative and innovative thinkers and problem solvers. (Even if that means having some crazy looking authentic art!)
You gotta hand it to them, the kindergartners sure bloomed into amazing artists! 😉