Ms. Trimarchi's 4th grade art class created beautiful artwork that began as spills from hot chocolate. “I love doing the hot chocolate spill art to get my youngest students open to the idea that mistakes happen and what can they do about them in their art,” said Ms. T. “They are encouraged to look for shapes from all angles and directions in both the hot chocolate and the white space (positive and negative shapes) using Sharpies. Once they get going, they get very excited with so many possibilities in the chocolate blobs!”  

This assignment was inspired by the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg, which teaches creative problem solving by looking at blobs, spills, messes, and ripped corners as opportunities for something beautiful. 

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