Backyard art exhibit

September 24, 2012

Last week was fall break for our local schools. Juliet only goes to school one day a week (we homeschool the other days), but still her school was out, so she was very excited about "no school" for the week. 

I mentioned that we should still do school at home like we always do, but said maybe we could lighten the load and just do one subject instead of all of them for our fall break. (I was thinking math.) 

She agreed and said, "Ok! Let's do art!" 

So we did. 

We painted something every day and planned an outdoor art exhibit to showcase her work at the end of the week. 

It turned out to be a really great event and she had so much fun preparing for it. 
Here's what we did to prepare for it: 

1. Created the art-she ended up with 7 pieces she wanted to exhibit. 
2. She created an invitation (for daddy) with all the details inside and delivered it to his office. 
3. Baked cupcakes (for the refreshments). 
4. Wrote information cards for each piece of art. (Name of piece, medium, notes about subject or inspiration, etc.) 

The day of the exhibit, we utilized the rope we had hanging in our backyard from our chipmunk tightrope and added another string for the display area. I gathered clothespins to use to hang the art (most of these I stole from chip bags in our pantry--that's why they are all mismatched!)
It turned out really beautiful---all her art hanging among the trees. Her subject matter was flowers and butterflies--many of them from our garden. You can tell she is definitely in her "pink" phase. :) 

Ben had fun looking at each piece and reading the cards and talking with the artist herself about the work she had done. She explained that some were in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe and others in the style of Vincent Van Gogh--the two artist we had studied in recent weeks. 

Lucia was most interested in the pink cupcakes--which were delicious as well. I should also mention that we all dressed up for the event and took lots of pictures. It was so much fun I think we'll do it again  maybe when the grandparents are in town. 

Book resources: 

I've mentioned these books about Georgia O'Keeffe in a previous post, but we also read

My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter

Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased

Van Gogh's Flowers

All three are excellent and fit in with our flower theme. You can find more great flower books for kids here.

Feeling crafty? Find our flower of the month kids crafts here

1 comment:

Whitney @ Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

Just so so ultra lovely and she really is a talented little artist! I think we will have to do something like this too, everyone islusting so much fun with it...perhaps in the summer!

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