Wood Cut Paintings

In the history of humanity, all forms of art, whether it be poetry and story telling, to painting, sculpture and music, were all first connected to and inspried by nature. Humans have always created in a way to incorporate what they see in the natureal world, or have searched for a way to mimic the…

Happy Feet

As children learn to use a paintbrush in different ways, their fine motor skills increase. In this activity,  I wanted to challenge them to use the brushes with a different part of their body. I wanted them to see the amount of control they had when asked to hold a brush with their toes. Would…

A Vibrant Winter

In the Fall, we collected leaves from the trees that would become bare when the winter arrived. We painted and laminated our leaves, and after a month passed we strung them together and decorated the trees in our garden, adding some color to the winter season. This was a great activity to explore color, the…

Sweet Starry Night

I decided to give the famous Starry Night a sugary twist, and let the group paint with different colored homemade frostings onto a cookie canvas.

Creating a Collage

When teaching art to young children, I try to let them be as spontaneous and free in their creating as possible. As often as I plan projects that have some type of guidelines they must follow, I try to also balance it with free creative projects, such as collage, clay, or papier-mâché. The main objective…

Salvador Dali Clocks

In my experience, working with clay, plasticine, salt dough or any type of molding material, children are always inspired to let their imaginations take full control. They love to roll it in their hands, dig into it with their fingers, stretch it across the table, or chop and divide it into many new pieces. When…

Rainbow Etching

In this activity, the children first painted the cardboard an assortment of colors mixed together. When it dried, they used rollers and covered them in black paint and then began etching with the back of the paintbrush. It was a very high sensory activity as the children got to get their hands really into the…

Recycled Robots

Recycled materials are always a great tool to incorporate into any art lesson. They encourage the children to interact with familiar objects in new ways. This is especially true when you have an entire group of children working together.  In this situation each child witnesses the way that others imagine the object’s future use. They…

Splatter Names

For this project the kids mixed many different colors and splattered them onto a paper with the letters of their name taped to it. The objective was creating stencils and working with splattering paint while still controlling how much was used and how hard they shook the brushes.