Friday, March 18, 2011

"Tall Paintings"

UPDATE: House paint does NOT work for this project. Maybe it was because my paint is old, but it cracked and looked terrible. I found a few bags of small wooden cubes that I forgot about and plan on doing this with 4th or 5th grade, using liquid Acrylic paint. Teacher Tom mentioned that Rower uses Acrylic. I don't know where he found that, as I've searched and not found any mention of the type of paint used. Also, you have to pour REALLY slow, or the new paint just overtakes the color that was previously poured.


Sorry I haven't been blogging a whole lot. I am honestly really struggling with the politics of being a teacher right now, and I don't want to say anything that will offend or get me into trouble. So I'm kind of staying away. However, when I saw this video of artist, Holton Rower, I had to share. I have a three-year-old and a 17-month-old, so I follow a lot of preschool blogs to find activities for them-especially with summer coming! I need lots of fun things to keep them occupied. Teacher Tom is one of the blogs that I follow, and he posted about Tall Paintings.


I'm thinking this could be really fun to do as a bench project in the spring, outside in the grass. A shape similar to the one in the video would work-a bench that people could sit on all four sides of. Maybe add a layer of EnviroTex Lite over the paint to add some protection to the paint. I have a ton of donated house paint that I can check and see if the colors are nice. Miss mixed paint is pretty cheap too, if I need more or don't like the colors I have.


I don't know, but the video sure got my mind thinking of possibilities!

6 comments:

Nancie Kay said...

Thank you for the luscious video - hadn't heard of this artist before. Would be a great introduction on radial symmetry, don't you think?
I'm continuing to follow the situation in WI and wish you all the best - perhaps the courts or recalls will prevail & turn things around for you...

Jenny Bartolazzi said...

Love this video! Showed it to my 5th graders today and they thought it was the coolest thing ever!
I also teach in WI (green bay) so understand how you feel....

Ms. Julie's Place said...

Thanks so much for this! I can't wait to try it on a smaller scale. I am thinking about using boxes for it.

dmasse said...

very cool. i think i need to try something like this at the end of the year as a public art project on our campus.

Lauren Newman said...

I love this video! I saw it on someone else's blog and they said he is actually Alexander Calder's grandson. Definitely one of those "Why didn't I think of that?!" pieces. ha ha Thanks for sharing.

Mr. R said...

This was Very Cool... need to come up with some way to do it with the kido's... for sure..