Last week was rather wretched for us. What with running into town several times for doctor visits, blood work and all the emotional and physical ups and downs that accompany a miscarriage (11 weeks along this time) our school work was the bare bones. Essentials were accomplished but not much else. On Wednesday I decided we needed something a little more cheerful to brighten our day. We followed Eric Carle's instructions for creating collages. It was so much fun! We made a huge mess painting the paper with acrylic paint in preparation for the collages. It's a good thing we have plastic covering our table to protect it!The original instructions were to paint tissue paper however the girls kept ripping theirs so we opted for the sturdier typing paper. We used different sized brushes drawing them across the paper to produce different textures. When the paint was dry the girls drew various ideas for collages choosing a few to try. We used regular white glue (Elmer's) to glue everything together.
Brownie made an awesome butterfly.
Truffle did a really good job with her self-portrait and a lightning bug.
Cookie wanted me to make apples in a basket for her. Fudge did a really cute caterpillar but gave it away before we could take a picture of it.
This is definitely a project we will do again! The brush strokes left on the paper added new dimensions to the projects. We might try colored tissue paper but without the brush strokes I don't think they will turn out as well. Thanks to Meg for her inspired idea!
For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.