Her mom suggested the subject, as pandas are her favorite animal. In fact, the whole party was panda-themed, with an adorable cake, cupcakes, and decorations.
So I designed a panda painting in sketch form, and brought it along to the party with me, together with photos of a real baby panda and bamboo. In fact, I bring everything we'll need - table easels, canvases, brushes, paint, water cups, palettes, and aprons.
I set up everything for the kiddos and my own easel and table, and proceeded have them paint the background in their own favorite colors, then go step by step with the shapes.
We had such a great time, and everyone was so into it, the kids and their parents alike!
And everyone got to take a masterpiece home!
I knew I liked teaching, but some of the fun at this particular party came from going beyond the borders of the canvas, and talking about how bamboo grows, how pandas are mostly vegetarian, and how perspective works. We also discussed the placement of features on faces, and how adult features are located differently from baby and child features.
I left that party feeling just exuberant, knowing everyone had fun, including me.
If you want to know more about canvas painting parties or book one of your own, be sure to contact me!