• Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam

Alma Woodsey Thomas Loose Parts Play

Alma Woodsey Thomas was an American artist and educator whose exuberant colorful paintings used the techniques of pointillism and abstract expressionism. She became the first African-American woman at the age of 80 to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

To honor her groundbreaking and influential work for #blackhistorymonth an invitation to recreate her art work with loose parts to inspire children to become creative just like Alma.

To set this invitation you can read the book Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison or show images of her art work to spark their creativity.

A PlayTray filled with Translucent Shapes, color paddles, and a base to create such as the lid, mirror, or light table. When the child creates on a acrylic mirror or light table it encourages reflection, perception, & appearance which in turn provides visual feedback.

Loose parts play is art in a different medium, it is more about the process of exploration not the end product. Just like process art, loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried,

combined, redesigned, lined up & taken apart in multiple ways. Loose parts encourages an open ended process that has endless possibilities.





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