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4 In 1st grade/ Art of India/ Painted Paper

Little Hand Flowers

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I saw this project over at another blog.http://nurturestore.co.uk/handprint-sunflowers. I loved it so much but wanted to bring in the colors of India. I love the idea of children’s handprints or tracing their precious hands. (Those of you who have children in your life, a child’s hands strikes a special chord to your heart.) It to me is the ultimate in primary art. My students who made these could not contain their happiness of wanting to take them home to give to mom.

Students were saying” My mom takes photos of my art”, “My mom hangs my art in the den”. Another said “My mom takes it to work”, “I cannot wait to give this to my mom.” I have other students who tragically lost one or both parents. This breaks my heart being a parent to see such sadness. Maybe you will understand why I choose to make my classroom a happy classroom, a class where everyone can succeed even if you have a major disability or a tragic history.

To me this is the ultimate feedback -This is what Art is- the emotional connection. They didn’t care what supplies were used or what the process was …… they were just happy and in today’s world this was the best connections my students have made with art.

Laura

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Phyl
    September 26, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I love the rich colors, and your words are so well-put. Beautiful!

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    Patty Palmer
    September 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Ahhhh…so true! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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    Mary
    September 28, 2010 at 2:08 am

    This post really touched me! Your children are so lucky to have as their art teacher. I love all the vibrant colors and textures of your projects and group collaborations.

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    dutch sisters
    October 1, 2010 at 5:37 am

    You are a fabulous creative teacher! Love this project!

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