Chopstick painting

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on February 12, 2014

in Children's Books, Chopsticks

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I love sharing new and unique art processes with all of you!  Chopstick painting is a process that each child can explore in different ways…

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We tied the process of chopstick painting to the book “Chopsticks” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  If you haven’t read any of Rosenthal’s books, then I would highly recommend you check them out!  They are ironic, funny, and really sweet.  “Chopsticks” is no different!  This book is about two friends, who also happen to be chopsticks.  As most chopsticks are, these two friends are inseparable.  But when one of the two friends get’s broken and needs to mend, the two friends must be separated for the very first time.  Though it was difficult, the friends realized that distance does, indeed, make the heart grow fonder and their friendship was strengthened by their time apart…

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The art table was inviting with a basket of cotton balls and trays of brightly colored paint.  Each child had their own set of chopsticks that they could use…

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All of our children knew what chopsticks were, and a few of them even had some experience using them.  But for most of our children, trying to figure out how to use the chopsticks was not an easy thing…

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After a short demonstration on different ways they could use the chopsticks, the children all went about it in their own way.  Although many of the children did say they knew how to use the one handed technique for eating with chopsticks, most of the children found a two-handed technique to pick a cotton ball out of the basket and then to dip it into the paint to be easiest…

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However, much to our surprise, a few of the children, became quite adept at using the chopsticks with just one hand.  It was pretty amazing, considering I even have trouble using chopsticks with just one hand!

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Once the children had their cotton balls, they dipped them into paint colors of their choice and then proceeded to paint their paper.  Techniques differed for this, as well.  Each child explored this process in their own way.  Some of the children took their cotton balls and dabbed them on their paper, leaving little cotton ball prints all over.  One little girl used only one color, which is a reminder that young children are focused on the process, rather than the end product…

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Other child explored all of the colors of paint, but one little guy chose to also incorporate the cotton balls into his artwork…

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Two other children chose to work collaboratively on their masterpiece…

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They used their cotton balls and chopsticks like true paint brushes to push and mix the paint all over their paper until they had a beautiful mess…

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The wonderful thing about exploring art through a process like this is that each and every child takes something different away, both in skill and in product…

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1 Jackie February 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

I love it, Courtney! What a creative activity, and so great for fine motor skills!

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2 Clarissa Hooper February 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

How creative! I am pinning this for future use!

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3 Emily Green-Cain February 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm

We do a unit on Japanese culture for Gerald McDermott’s book “The Stonecutter”. This would be a great way to introduce the use of chopsticks, and later, invite the children to use them at snacktime to eat suchi or fruit.

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