Who can resist chocolate? I know there are a few of you out there, but I am certainly not one of them. (My weakness: brownies). This month in our parent-and-me class for preschool children, Arturo’s Art & Me, we explored a work of art by American artist Janine Antoni called Lick & Lather. In this particular piece, Antoni created two busts of herself—one out of chocolate and one out of soap. Our group of 3-5 year olds thought this was the best idea ever! Why limit yourself to crayons and markers when there is chocolate to be used? And even better—after she cast the chocolate bust, Antoni actually licked her sculpture and took a bite of it! The kids couldn’t wait to try this themselves.
In the art studio, we gave each child chocolate clay to work with in creating a sculpture. It didn’t take long at all before they like Antoni, were licking, nibbling, and enjoying the touch, smell, and taste of their material. No need to notify the Chocolate Police—the kids didn’t just eat, they also sculpted. There were several wonderful creations—a snow man, a house, a cat, and a self-portrait. Snack time and art all at once!
Want to try this at home? Find the recipe here.
Posted by: Leah