Drawing while laying down or kneeling and looking up is not how we normally draw but it sure is fun! That’s how Michaelangelo must have painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, our inspiration for our upside down art on the day we learned about sloths in the rainforest.
Upside Down Art
So why do sloths hang upside down? Good question, very interesting… Read why here.
We explored what it must have been like for Michaelangelo to paint like this and how it is for a sloth to hang upside down all day. It’s a great idea to change perspective for art! Kinesthetic learning or using the whole body to learn is an effective way to learn. It is also fun!
Upside down art is such a sensory experience. Laying down on the floor, feeling the hard, cool floor on the back, resting on the floor. Looking or reaching up, trying to draw from this different perspective is challenging. It takes concentration, it’s interesting and it’s fun.
My 4-year-olds down to 20 months enjoyed this activity. It was something they all could do.
Why don’t we do this more often? We should!
Artists frame their art so we did too. Beautiful!