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Sleep Deprived Collaborations

Sleep Deprived Collaborations

I am welcoming myself back to the blog, it has been a VERY long time.  I have two main goals for the summer besides having fun with my girls and enjoying as much sunshine as I can.  Create more.  Write more.

This past week was a whirlwind.  My eldest daughter turned 9.  We had 7 girls over for a slumber party.  It was great fun (for them) but that is all that counts.  It brought back so many memories of my childhood birthdays.  And once again I found myself wishing I could say “Thank you”  to my Mom who passed away last year.  She gave me an amazing childhood.  Sometimes it takes being on the other end of things to realize t he sacrifices that occurred.  I don’t pretend to know where we go when we die, but I DO like to pretend that I no longer have to pick up a phone to tell the departed something.  Instead I like to think they can cosmically feel the gratitude and love from wherever our souls reside after death.

But I am losing my train of thought.  I wanted to share with you a little art project we did at the slumber party.  I got each girl two small canvases.  One to paint anything they like and one for Elsa’s wall.  I quickly drew out some overlapping shapes on 9 of the canvases.  The girls filled in the shapes with their style of painting and their choice of colors from a palette selected by the Birthday Girl.  It was great fun to see what came out.  When they were dry I took some paint and outlined a few shapes to bring more continuity to the piece.

Collaborative Painting by 9 year olds

This would make a great classroom project or student created art for a charity auction as well.  But please learn from my mistakes.  It would be best to create a grid system with numbers and directions so you know where and how to place the canvases.  But then again I always like a good puzzle.

I am always looking for more ideas of collaborative student art.  If you have any ideas or great websites please leave them in the comment area, I’d love to check them out and give them a go!


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