Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In my never-ending quest to learn anything and everything about early childhood education, I've read a bit about the Waldorf approach. I've found some things about it that I love and have integrated into our lives, some things that I don't like, and some that I just don't understand. One of the things I didn't quite get was the frequent use of wet-on-wet watercolor painting. Since we love to paint, and I was in the mood for something new, we decided to try it.
I didn't really follow any specific Waldorf instructions, but it seems pretty self-explanatory. First, we used sponge brushes dipped in water to wet the entire paper. Then we painted, using only primary colors. It only took us about thirty seconds of painting to realize we loved this technique. Ninna commented frequently about how the colors traveled across the water on their own. I love the spectrum of colors we came up with using only yellow, red, and blue.
I still can't say that I entirely understand the heavy focus on this technique in Waldorf, but I can certainly say that we will be doing it again in our little dining room art studio.