Saturday, July 19, 2014
Summer Fun 2014 - Exploring Art and Color with Silly Putty
I picked up Silly Putty for the children to play with this week. Of course, that sounds a lot simpler, and more humdrum than it was, totally leaving out the details of my epic, aisle by aisle, search for Silly Putty through every store in town.
I won't bore you with the details, except to say, that after all the work it took to find the stuff, I was pretty determined to get an art project out of the deal, before letting it go to the children for the usual bouncy, stretchy, print-making type of putty play they had in mind.
So, I asked them to take the putty, and use it to form faces, as a favor for me.
I had in mind stretching the putty faces into a Munch style study by way of "The Scream"...
...and even had a library book, left over from our Kandinsky-ish cookies, standing by to go with it.
But then, sort of on a side-thought, I remembered a note about color being used to change the mood of the African Mask Art at All Things Beautiful, and on a whim, threw a few different colored sheets out on the table to place under the faces. We didn't really notice a change in mood...
...so much as a change in color. Even with the forest smoke filled air castinng a very non-photogenic gloom over our dining room, look how amazingly different the exact same putty appeared on the different colors of construction paper.
It was surprising, and so much more interesting than the "Scream" faces I'd had in mind. Munch can always wait until next time.