Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Pointillist Sugar Cookies
I realized, after we started pencil stamping, yesterday, that Carol Sabbeth's Monet and the Impressionists for Kids, also has a pointillism project for children.
Even though it was very similar to the project we were already working on, I knew we'd have to try it, because...well...it has to do with cookies.
We mixed up a quick half batch of sugar cookie dough (click here for the recipe), and cut it out into flower, and apple shapes. Any shapes would do, those just happened to be the first cookie cutters I found.
I placed them, unbaked, onto a greased cookie sheet, and gave the children bowls of food coloring in red, yellow, blue, and green - a few drops in each bowl.
The children applied dots and dashes of color to the cookies with toothpicks. Sabbeth's project suggest applying watered down food coloring with q-tips, but we were out of q-tips, so we improvised.
Finally, we added a sprinkling of sugar over the tops of the cookies, for taste, and to suggest the sparkling light, that seems to play across pointillist paintings.
Then, we popped them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for 13 minutes, allowing for a few minutes of admiration, while they cooled, before the lesson was devoured, entirely.
It's great to be a homeschooler.