Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Invitation to Create Frida Kahlo Nature Portraits with Loose Parts
Inspiration for making art can sometimes strike unexpectedly and in unusual places. Who would have thought that a place mat can turn into a canvas for creating beautiful nature portraits of the famous artist Frida Kahlo? Before setting this invitation you can read a couple of stories about Frida Kahlo before hand to integrate the literacy experience.
To set this invitation you will need to print images of the artist, flowers, black rocks, mosaic tiles, wood shapes and rounds. This provocation is all about the unique style and beauty of Frida and to invite the child to create their own interpretations of her with a variety of loose parts. A provocation is a technique used to stimulate children's thinking, to inspire them artistically, to empower them to take control over their learning, to open their minds, to create an environment for reflection, to challenge children, to encourage creativity.
The simple joys of enjoying the journey of creating lets the child engulf in being present, creative, and engaged. Through this type of invitation they are able to create through being inspired. Creative play with loose parts like this encourages brain development, scientific experimenting, mathematical thought, risk taking, and trial & error learning. They are using what they have and what they already know and combining that to create a whole that's greater than the parts. All while learning more about the amazing artists Frida Khalo.