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Invitation to Create Frida Kahlo Portraits with Natural 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? To set this invitation we placed images of the artist (paintings & photos), books, foraged flowers/leaves from our garden, flat marbles, mosaic tiles, branches, wood cookies, and place mats as her face. The children were invited to create Frida Kahlo Portraits with all these natural loose parts.

This provocation is all about the unique style and beauty of Frida and to invite the child to create their own interpretations of her. 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. 

This type of exploration with loose parts lets the child truly shape and create according to their own vision. Loose parts also provides unique inspiration, challenges them to think, & encourages them to be creative with unusual things. This is not only a creative way to create from an artistic point of view, it is a way that encourages brain development, scientific experimenting, mathematical thought, risk taking, & trial/error learning. Through this kind of creating, children are really creating: using what they have and what they already know, and combining that to create a whole that’s greater than the parts.

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