Thursday, 2 October 2014

Galt Mini Masterpieces

Back in July we were given the chance to work with Galt on their Mini Masterpieces project. Every month they release a new free printable which is a line drawing of a famous masterpiece, and then your children can colour and decorate it as they wish, and compare to the original.

August's masterpiece was Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, and it was our 14 year old girl, plus the 2 little boys, who decided to take part in the challenge. We were given the Galt Art Jar, which is a huge tub of craft materials and some felt tipped pens in order to create our own masterpieces.

Galt art and craft tub


Boys laughing because felt tips fell over

 This is the line drawing we printed out....

Van Gogh's Sunflowers line drawing for decorating

And then, having never really seen the full colour original, I left them to it....


I think it's lovely that all 3 had very different ideas about how the drawing should be completed...and how they should make use of the art set...

4 year olds art interpretation of sunflowers by van gogh
 5 year olds art and craft interpretation of sunflowers by van gogh
14 year olds art and craft interpretation of sunflowers by van gogh

It's lovely that their personalities shine through in their art, and although none of them seemed to really take on board the actual 'Sunflowers' theme, I have 3 very distinct and attractive pieces of work for my fridge, with a huge variety of materials and techniques.

It would be remiss of me to let this post end here without mentioning that sadly now Sunflowers have a very strong place in our home and hearts, and I think if I presented these 3 children with this task now, it would have a very different outcome.

Anyone can introduce their children to the mini masterpieces, they're available as free printables from the Galt website, where there are absolutely loads of great ideas for different crafts and art projects, and plenty to fire the imagination.


16 comments:

  1. I love it. Love the fuzz balls and googly eyes. Sometimes I glue or stick googly eyes random places to freak out/amuse people. Nothing like opening the fridge and the food is all staring at you. Or having the thermostat glaring at you.

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    1. Googly eyes are the best. I'd go and stick them on our food but for the fact we gave the little boys some post-it notes yesterday and everything already has labels! x

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    2. Oooh, did they practice their printing or just doodle?

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    3. They were really good - lots of labels with their names on mostly! :)

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  2. What lovely masterpieces they created. It must be very bittersweet looking at them now xx

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    1. Yeah. It really is. Some of the reviews and posts I'd semi-completed before 15th August will never go live xxx

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  3. These sound fab and I love their masterpieces!

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    1. Thanks Laura. I think they did a great job - even Don, who didn't use the paper at all! :)

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  4. Brilliant effort, I definitely think that their personalities shine through!

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    1. Yeah. They are all very individual and I think being able to give them all kinds of art stuff like that really allowed them to go for it :)

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  5. WOW! I need that jar of craftiness in my life! x

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    1. I have a craft box that I pull out on occasion, it is a bit better than a jar. I had a similar plastic jar before and things had a tendency to get warped or stuck deep down where my little midget hands couldn't quite reach.

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  6. Aw! Very well done master piece!

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    1. Thanks Eileen - they did a lovely job :)

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  7. Great pieces of art, love how they all did their own interpretation of the picture! xx

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    1. It is great that no-one copied anyone else's ideas. I think that shows good confidence.

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