7. Butterflies

The butterfly theme gave us the freedom to spread our arms and draw with both hands big symmetrical wings on a large piece of paper while listening to rhythmical music. This warm-up exercise aimed at encouraging drawing and employing the entire surface of the paper. Then we moved onto making a collage from our previously painted circular patterns (inspired by Kandinsky). We discussed and valued individual expression, and despite the same process, obtained highly unique artworks. The butterfly’s wings didn’t have to be perfectly symmetrical but rather based on feelings and fantasy. Children could choose to work with black ink, oil pastel or gouache paint to finish the collage; some of them wrote short stories to express their ideas.

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