Today, with the help of a retired teacher friend and a volunteer grandmother my class of 5 year olds painted brown branches onto blue paper. This afternoon we made small tissue paper wads of paper and glued them on to create blossoms. After school I quickly hung them on the bulletin board outside my classroom. I made my customary step back to admire the collection. I was amazed which two children created the most striking pieces. One was a child with multiple impairments. She didn’t make a branch, just several wispy stripes across the center of the paper. Her fine motor skills are so weak she made few blossoms and they were very randomly placed. Beautiful!
The other little guy had no interest in the process and pretty much threw the tissue paper on the “branch”, again very striking. The surprise of which pieces are most appealing is one of the things that draws me to student art.