Body Tracing

In this project I wanted the children to have the opportunity to work on a large-scale drawing and painting. I also wanted them to work together, both in a verbal way and in a physical way. When tracing each others bodies, they had to be careful not to hurt one another or press against them…

Weaving

I chose the activity of weaving because it was a multistep project that required the children to always work together. First we had to cut and measure the recycled card board, and then the kids helped thread the twine through the holes. Once the weaving boards were ready I provided the children with various strips…

Bottle Cap Creations

Recycled items are a great material for children to work with because they encourage imagination and design thinking. They are also a sustainable way to create, and it teaches children that not every item needs to be disposed after a single use. When children work with items that they have seen originally serve a different…

Tree Paint Brushes

Through exposure to different forms and techniques in and of art, children are changing the way they are thinking and acting. They are developing tools that help them relate to the human experience, that foster empathy and sympathy, they begin to understand their own process and methods as well as respect for the way others…

Hapa-Zome

Hapa-Zome is the art of using flower petals to create ink printings on cloth. In this activity we used left-over flowers that were donated to the school for a holiday, but were beginning to wilt. The children each picked an assortment of flowers they liked, and they pressed them between cloth and then stamped them…

Their Mural

Letting children create in their own way, at their own pace, is a great way to encourage independence. Sometimes it is best to watch and not ask the questions, ” What is that? What are you making?” As adults we want to understand what is happening in the child’s mind during the creative process, but…

Under the Sea

In working with children I have found that exposing them to art on a daily basis, and working in different mediums is a great way to teach multiple subjects at once. An art lesson can focus on information that helps explain ideas from science, helps to improve understanding of mathematics, or the art can explore…

Monet

Using recycled cardboard boxes, we created our own panoramic Monet paintings.

Messy Marbled Paper

It is important to remember that play is actually the way that children work. Sometimes creating an activity that lets them be free and messy is the most encouraging way we can show them to play and learn. Messy art has been proven to stimulate the senses as well as creative experimentation. The children love…

Totem Poles

After the storm, a few trees in our garden fell down, so we decided to turn them into totem poles. ┬áNatural materials are a great resource because they are all made of different textures, have different weights, lengths, colors and purposes┬áthan the materials children normally use in the classroom. These materials served another purpose before…