Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Invitation to Create Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossom Flowers represent new growth after the long winter and are a symbol of prosperity for the Lunar New Year. They represent the earth coming back to life & wishes for prosperous new beginnings. A flower that blooms on New Year's day is particularly "lucky.“ These invitations explore how to recreate the flowers are through process art & loose parts play.
Before inviting a child to create Cherry Blossoms you can show of images of the trees, branches, flowers, paintings, or these egg cartons ones inspired by @alandalicia. Next you can invite the child to paint blossoms by stamping the bottom of a bottle that is dipped in Colorations tempera paint. The other option for a child to pick up a pom pom with a chopstick, dip it in the paint and print flowers.
For the loose parts explorations you can set out a tinker tray with flat marbles, rocks, & buttons. The child can create on an acrylic mirror which encourages reflection, perception, and 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. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with materials. Loose parts encourages an open ended process that has endless possibilities.