I have a box full of art postcards that I have been collecting since I was a kid. The girls and I love looking through them. Cakey's favourite is the image of Anemones, a hand-coloured woodcut by Margaret Preston. As she consistently chooses this same image, I thought it would be great to learn a little more about Margaret Preston for Kids Get Arty.
Margaret Preston (1875-1963) was an Australian artist best known for her modernist style. She was predominantly a still life painter and printmaker. Her bright, dynamic flowers are our favourites, you can see examples of her work here. Preston was based in our home town, Sydney, so many of her paintings and prints feature flowers, bush scenes and landscapes that are familiar to us.
The first step in our art process was to create our still life scenes..... that meant some flower arranging, which the girls always love.
I provided a small canvas and a stack of paper for each of them to paint on. I also supplied lots of brightly coloured paint including a tonne of black as it is a predominant colour in Preston's art.
|A picture of Margaret Preston's Anemones with Cakey's small flower canvas|
Being two, Boo ignored the flower still life, mixed all the colours together and produced many paintings. She had fun! Boo is all about quantity but Cakey is all about quality. She painted three pictures, starting with her mini canvas. She was dissatisfied with her canvas painting and moved onto paper. At 4 and a half, Cakey has very strong ideas about how her paintings should and should not look. Sometimes she gets very frustrated and at other times she is happy to try again. Thankfully this was a 'try again' day.
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