The Studio - Geometric Spring Flowers
Happy Spring Equinox! This is the first day of Spring, and it's lovely outside. Did you know that this is the earliest the Spring Equinox as occurred in over 100 years?! WOW! According to the Farmer's Almanac, the last early Spring was in the year 1896. Now you may ask, what is the 'equinox'? The equinox means 'equal night' in Latin. Which means, on the equinox, there is the almost the same length of daytime as there is nighttime. We are a part of the Northern equinox, which means that we will begin to have more sunlight throughout the day until the fall equinox, Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020.
Like the 'balancing the broom' trick, many say that today you can stand an egg up on its end and it will balance. While entertaining to try out, sources say that you should be able to stand an egg up at any point, not just the equinox. However, if you don't mind getting a little messy, it may be something worthy to try out! Check out our attempt here: Equinox Egg Challenge
We did a First Day of Spring art project with mixed media. We used construction paper, glue, and watercolor. If you don't have construction paper, it's ok! You can use whatever kind of paper available, OR you can cut geometric shapes out of magazines. First, we painted the background with watercolor. I chose to do a gradient to portray a sunrise, Grayson chose to do a rainbow, and Anya decided to tye-dye the entire paper with watercolor. It's up to you! If not applied too thickly, watercolor dries pretty quickly on paper. Therefore, once the backgrounds were done, we began to glue the geometric shapes on the paper.
The geometric shapes were cut out previously for the children; that made it easier for the little ones to transition through the activity. Anya (4) cut out some of her shapes, and her brother helped with the rest. It's up to you, but I preferred drawing them out to save some time, but allowed them to cut out the shapes themselves along the black line. Rulers, or any straight lined object (books, coasters, cards, containers, etc.) can be used to create geometric shapes. Once the geometric shapes are cut out, and the background painted, you can start placing the shapes down for the flowers.
Discuss the geometric shapes you used for the flower with an adult or sibling around. The shapes can be basic (triangle, square, circle) to complex (rhombus, octagon, obtuse triangle, etc.). The flower petals can be layered to create depth. You can use different shapes for the petals. Again, it's your artwork, the process is there for you to follow, but the end result is however you make it look.
In the end, paint or add stems and leaves to your flower(s). Grayson chose to paint his stem, I chose to cut my stems out, and Anya chose to make hers into a...unicorn. At least we all used our geometric shapes! Enjoy!
Remember you need ART to be SMART!
Check out the video here: Geometric Spring Flowers