This year, we'll be having weekly art classes during the months that Lu's social arts program isn't running. We'll be working with this book, but really any book or website about famous artists, or art history, would do. Just pick an artist, look at his or her work, talk about it, make something inspired by it.
Yesterday, we had our first session.
We read a bit about the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo,
and looked up more of his work online.
Then we made a little pile of stuff:
pebbles, string, rice, corn, shells, seeds...
and Lu started working on his design.
He went out to the yard a few times,
to collect more material.
He worked through the whole afternoon.
And as the sun was setting...
he glued on the last leaf,
and called it a day.
You could also use buttons, bottle caps, lids, broken toy bits...,
or make an impermanent mosaic without the glue.
Here are some other examples: