This is what finger painting looks like. A bit messy, but a necessary process in learning to paint.
I was surprised to learn that most of my older students had not finger painted and what they really wanted to do was to paint. Sounds good to me! If I had to justify the painting experience from an ODE perspective I might quote:
Manipulate materials, tools and technology in conventional and unconventional ways to create a work of art.
Select, organize and manipulate skills, elements and techniques appropriate to the art form when making art.
Demonstrate increased technical skill and craftsmanship by using more complex
processes and materials to design and create two- and three-dimensional artworks.
But really, I think kids should paint, if for no other reason than joy.
A close up of a pumpkin, another mono print.
All of the above is done in the art room, at Believe to Achieve Academy in Canton, Ohio. The principal is Ms. L. Henry, the art teacher is Mr. Tayse.