Saturday, July 13, 2013

Paint as an Experience

"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it." Danny Kaye
Today was a coming together of everyone through the language of paint.  Some of us have had many opportunities to play with paint and for some it was a first time.  I was excited for this moment to happen, especially watching the older children watching the infants engage for the first time.  Everyone had their own experience, but the joy and satisfaction was evident.
We started with red, in long squiggles on a piece of paper.  Everyone found their best way to interact, some tearing the paper, some feeling very hesitant with touching the paint.  Finger tips poked the cool wetness and soon the infants were ready to join us.  Our favorite older kid also joined after a while, giving the children impetus to fully interact with the paint or observe in their own way.   

Tasting, Resting, Poking, Contemplating.  What is this paint?  What happens if I......  I wonder.....  I notice.

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