My little ones are fascinated with paint. They love playing with paint, mixing colors and generally making a mess! So, when San Francisco Public Library held a children’s painting party and workshop with French author and artist Hervé Tullet we had to go.
In preparation for the event, we borrowed Tullet’s “Press Here” from our local library and had a lot of fun pressing, shaking, blowing and playing with the fabulous book. We talked about what might happen at a painting party, how many people might be there, and what Hervé Tullet might be like. My daughter was excited to go and my son was simply excited to get his hands on a paintbrush and a pot of paint.
Hervé Tullet is known as “the prince of preschool” in his home country, France, and from the minute he walked into the room full of excited children I could see why. He opened a book and soon had almost every child in the room calling back responses, laughing and interacting. For at least 20 minutes, he kept the children in the room mesmerized (and the parents and teachers as well!)
When the he finished reading, we walked outside and each child was given a pot of paint and a brush. Long sheets of paper were laid out across the sidewalk and each child was encouraged to find a spot. In a riot of color they created an enormous mural covered with dots, circles and many smaller details. It was so much fun that none of the children wanted it to finish.
I was not sure whether or not my little ones would be old enough to appreciate the event. However, since the workshop, my three-year old daughter has been endlessly experimenting with dots, circles and color. And my son, well, he still just wants to get his hands, face and whole body covered in paint whenever he can.
We purchased a copy of “Mix It Up” and “Press Here” at the conclusion of the event and were lucky to have Hervé Tullet sign each copy for the kiddos. Even the beautiful way that he signed each book was creative. It was a work of modern art! My daughter has been practicing writing her name on her own and I notice that after many readings of her signed copy of Tullet’s “Mix It Up” she has taken to writing her name in a style remarkably similar to a certain French author we adore.