The last day of November was chilly, gray, and even a little snowy, but the art area remained warm with Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group. This week’s project: Watercolors. The weather outside might have been gloomy, but inside PTLL were vibrant, vivid paintings done by the brushstrokes of our little artists.
Getting watercolors to show up brightly on the page is all about the paint itself. We recommend using liquid watercolors over the dried, palette version. The dried watercolors are often difficult to re-hydrate and use, especially for young children. The liquid watercolors produce bright, solid colors that can be diluted to preference. Simply add a tablespoon or two of liquid watercolor, than fill with water as so desired. Best of all, liquid watercolors are washable and easily cleaned.
Part of the reason Toddlers, Twos and Threes is so special is that this is an art group where few rules apply. Little kids participating can do the craft as we have it laid out or make their own plan, which can include changing the medium used to apply the paint, the surface on which it is applied, and even the paint type itself.
No need to worry if your kid doesn’t want to use the table. As long as everyone respects one another and helps to clean up their supplies, the art group really is more of a jumping off point than strictly structured activity. Kids can come in and come out as quickly as they like, but they can also stay a while and work on several projects if they choose.
The point is to have fun, experience some different textures and explore different ways in which to be creative.
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer.