Week 5: Watercolours (52 Weeks of Provocations)

Provocation 5 : Watercolours

You can find more information about provocations here 🙂

Provocation 5 - Introducing Paints - Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Background Information

We’ve played with watercolours before, but back before Squirm was walking. Now he is walking and he is a little taller, I was able to pull out an easel and allow Squirm to explore watercolours in a whole new way

Materials

  • Watercolour paints (from Big W)
  • A selection of brushes
  • Water and water container
  • Easel (from Ikea)
  • Big pieces of paper (Mine were left over from when I was teaching, but you can get great pieces of big paper from Storage places)
  • Table
  • Mirror
  • Various pencils and crayons

Set Up

At first I just set up the easel with the watercolours and water on the ground. This was successful, but meant that Squirm needed to do a lot of crouching and standing. The next day, I placed the easel next to the table and set up the watercolours, mirror, water and pencils and crayons on the table. This was much more successful. I gave Squirm a new piece of paper each time, though some had writing on the back from my classroom days. I made sure the watercolours were wet before Squirm began

Provocation 5 - Introducing Paints - Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Experiences

Squirm seemed to remember the watercolours from when we’d played with them before. To start with he stuck with his brushes, putting them in the paint and making long strokes on the paper. Some of the time he put the brush in water between colours, other times he didn’t. Later on he experimented with using a crayon to dip in the paint instead of a brush, and he tried some small twigs as well. He mostly kept his lines to one part of the page, though he would paint over my lines if I made any. On one of the days, he enjoyed the fact that he would use the water and the paint to make a hole in the paper.

Provocation 5 - Introducing Paints - Adventures of a Subversive Reader Provocation 5 - Introducing Paints - Adventures of a Subversive Reader Provocation 5 - Introducing Paints - Adventures of a Subversive Reader Provocation 5 - Introducing Paints - Adventures of a Subversive Reader

What Next?

Art, art and more art 🙂 The easel was a massive hit, so I’m sure we’re going to use it for drawing, pasting, and painting with different types of paints. Squirm also seemed more receptive to art experiences – this has carried over into drawing which he does most days. There’s a wonderful post at How We Montessori with different art activities, which I’m definitely going to use for ideas.

Provocations are experiences offered to a child, based on past knowledge or interests, with the aim of extending the child’s ideas.

Our provocations present a small range of materials – some which are part of Squirm’s every day life, others which are new to him, or only known from other provocations. The aim is to present them in a thoughtful and (hopefully) attractive way, and to allow Squirm to investigate them in any manner he wishes. These provocations will remain in place for around a week, and then a new provocation will be presented.

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