The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy with a lot of transitions for me, so I haven't been painting. I have, however, been teaching art to some really great 1st and 4th graders. Here's some 1st graders "3-D aquariums" made from paper plates, a project I got from Tim Sensai, instructions here.
And here's a 4th grader's "blow painting" - made by blowing watered down paint across the paper with a straw. While most kids made abstract pieces, she turned hers' into a tree!
I can't remember who told me about this project, but it's a very simple project that is fun for a range of ages and yields satisfying results. This can be a great way to introduce kids to abstract art and/or you can use these colorful papers as backgrounds for other projects.
Lastly, here's a 2-day project called "Painted Tropical Birds", which I found here. It sounds deceptively simple, but it's interesting how when there are more than twenty 6 year old kids in the room, you have to be very specific with instructions. Everyone had fun, though, and the results were great!
While I have decided to take an indefinite hiatus from the madness of teaching children, I do have to admit that kids are awesome!