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Alma Woodsey Thomas Textured Water Color Art

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 influential work for #blackhistorymonth an invitation to recreate her art work in order to inspire children to become creative just like Alma.

You can read the book Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison or show images of her art work to spark their creativity. Next to set the textured water color invitation you will need: glue gun, glue sticks, recycled card board, liquid water colors or water color palette, and a paint brush. Before inviting the child to paint take the glue gun and recreate similar designs of her art work with the glue gun in the cardboard and let it dry. Invite the child to paint with either liquid water colors or water color palette.

Invitations such as these opens a child's mind to the many ways of creating art. When children learn about artists the more well rounded and creative they become. Art is a fundamental component of early childhood education therefore continuous exposure leads to seeing the world in different ways and learning about different forms of art.

Click here for another way to recreate Alma Woodsey Thomas’s art with loose parts!

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