Sunday, September 13, 2009
Best "School Work" Ever: Art Project for the County Fair
Thankfully, this morning she woke up mostly great (you'll still detect some less-than-perky eyes on her) and she wanted to create a project for the County Fair. It's kind of a family tradition and she's placed every year she's had a submission. So I think a little competitiveness was also at play.
She explained her vision to me and for the first time, I had to do the veggie shopping on my own (we were trying to keep her energy level from tanking - she's not 100%). I kind of spazzed out about shopping alone because I realized a lot of the creative process comes from actually touching the various materials. And without her, I was a little lost. But I bought some stuff and brought it home.
Two Rabbits? Seriously? If you say so..
That was her vision. Two rabbits eating carrots. And at first it was clear - on her part - that I had not purchased the right materials. But after we got over arguing, she got started. It took her about two hours but the result is pretty darn cool. [PS: the hardest part of the whole thing? Driving to the fairgrounds without taking out the sculpture due to bumpy roads! I get a stomach ache every time!]
I have no idea how it will do in the competition - we'll know later this week - but are so happy she has an entry and will be part of the event. If you have never created anything with produce - try it! It absolutely changes your relationship with the stuff!
Home School POV
As we worked with the different veggies, some she doesn't eat, I had her taste them and imagine how we might prepare them. She got mired in the smells and textures and it's always a great way to expose her to a bunch of new things she might not yet eat.