It takes a brave woman to thread her arm all the way down to the bottom of a 6 year old’s football sock. But it was before break (which of course meant that said sock had not yet been running round a football pitch with a hot foot inside it). And it was in a good cause.
The good cause was to demonstrate a sock puppet. Maybe you have even done something like this yourself. You need a (sweet-smelling) sock (a football sock would be perfect) to wear on your arm, with your fingers where the toes go and your thumb in the heel. A couple of paper eyes and you are in for hours of fun!
Which, rather bizarrely, brings us to today’s art lesson.
It began with a dark oil pastel crayon and sheet of nice bright paper. Two dots towards the top of the paper and two oval shapes, one inside the other, just below. A curve here and a straight line there…..
and you’re ready for the painting bit. Shall we start with white? White for the toe of the sock…..
and white for the heel.
Or should I say white for the monkey’s hat and white for his muzzle?
Brown comes next. Brown for the monkey’s face…..
for his body and for his skinny arms.
And finally, red…..
for his smiling mouth.
OK so I said finally. But it wasn’t actually finally at all.
Because out of the (very very top secret) treasures cupboard came fluffy feathers…..
and buttons and beads; sparkly bits and what could quitepossibly have been REAL jewels!
We set to work with squeezy (‘oh-help-it-won’t-stop!’) glue…..
and scissors (snippety snip)…..
to decorate our monkeys-made-from-socks. With feathery caps and buttons for eyes…..
with crazy hair…..
and regal-looking feathered crowns.
(Did you spot the quitepossibly REAL jewels?)
Here now are two pairs of our finished monkeys-made-from-socks.
Why not stop by sometime and meet the other pairs?
With special thanks to Tim for the use of his thankfully-not-at-all-stinky football sock!