Gen 1 6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. 8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
It kind of looks like they're under water, doesn't it! The day we did this art class, the air was so thick and humid that I only got a couple pictures before the lens was all fogged up again. Gross. But appropriate, in a way, to the lesson.
Before we got to the messy part of the day, I gave each child a piece of white drawing paper, and had them draw an under-water scene. They got very creative with this.
We had a huge range of ages on this day--from 3 to 10 years old. I gave the little guys some pointers on how to draw a simple fish. The older ones just ran with it.
When they were done drawing, I mixed some bubble solution with a little dish soap and a squirt of paint, and we covered the ocean scenes with bubble prints. A great way to depict Air and Water through and art project.
Note: I do not have any pictures of this process. It is very hands-on, very slippery, and one of my children had a flat-out melt-down in the middle of it. (It's not the one you're thinking, either...)
But there is a VERY good tutorial on the Paper Crafts blog!
One thing we did learn is to add lots of paint so the bubbles really show up well.
We also learned that little ones need to practice blowing into the bubble mixture a few times so they know not to suck it up. Ew.
Ethan's (below) Can you find the crab chasing the jelly fish? LOVE!
The kids loved this project! Most of them didn't even care that they had covered their pictures in painty bubbles. They just wanted to keep making them. (The bubbles stick together and form a tall tower of colorful foam. So much fun.)
Oh my gosh. I just noticed that Ethan's shorts are unbuttoned in every photo. He must have been in the middle of something when he heard the call for group photos...
And here is another source of wonderful bubble crafts, which would be very nice to try on a day that is not so humid as ours was. We could not get any bubbles to fly, the air was so heavy! We did make bubble wands with pipe cleaners, and even though the bubbles wouldn't work, they had tons of fun trying anyway.