Child-Directed Art: A Love Letter on Wood

Child Directed Art Maia has full access to the art studio and most of the materials within and she takes advantage of it regularly. Many days, she'll head back there at some point to draw, paint, collage, or, as in this case to create art with scrap wood.

She made this artwork one evening last week out of a couple pieces of wood that she glued together and generously covered with a pattern of kisses and hugs. On the smaller wood piece she wrote "I love you family" in a mix of glitter glue, extra glitter, and a sharpie.

What a wonderful love letter to the family!

Child Directed Art

I propped it up on a shelf in our living area and have since added a few other little love trinkets as well.

Child Directed Art

Here's a close up. She's been into drawing and writing with glitter glue and then sprinkling extra loose glitter on top. Because there is no such thing as too much glitter in the world of a six year old girl.

What have your kids been making lately?

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7 Comments

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    March 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Sooooo sweet. No glittery six year old girls around here, but my nine year old boy has been in 3-D create mode lately. Here’s a taste of what he’s been up to. For any of you folks with kids who crave sensory stimulation, check these out:
    http://artinhand.org/2012/03/04/process-focused-art-not-just-for-toddlers/
    and
    http://artinhand.org/2012/03/11/ive-gotta-hand-it-to-him/
    In fact, Jean, this reminds me of the comments we exchanged a while back around the topic of art activities for kids with ADHD. The examples described above can be very calming and centering for some kids, and yet overwhelming for others, all depending on the individual. But your child will give clear cues if you tune in.

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    March 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    One of my all time favorite easy art ideas is painting on wood with liquid watercolors. And that includes popsicle sticks! Wood scraps stacked in a sculpture and then painted are so pretty. I could go on and on. Think wood! Love wood!!!

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    March 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    The wood scraps are awesome. But I never thought of using the liquid watercolors on them. The wonders never cease…add that to my list of NEW ideas to try this spring. So easy to get stuck in the “usual” way of doing things.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Super cool, Julie! I love the clay-covered hand. Maia delved into our clay yesterday, but just molded things with it. I may show her your post because I think she would LOVE trying that!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Gonna try that wood scraps sculpture idea! I just ordered an assortment of fun wood scraps and can’t wait till they arrive.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    March 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Liquid watercolors work GREAT on wood! We’ve used them on popsicle sticks, wood beads, wood plaques, and just plain wood.

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    Cristina Love
    October 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful, and soooo sweet!

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