Bee Happy

Recently, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to spread positivity in a world that seems to be ever effected by corrupted politics, violence, discrimination and the loss of freedoms. I don’t believe that the world is overwhelmingly bad, or that people are inherently bad. I believe that we are all born…

Stencils and Spray Paint

Spray paint has to be one of the most fun techniques in making art. Without the use of a brush, there is much more freedom for the artist, and children love how quickly the paint leaves the bottle. For the artist holding the spray paint  can/bottle, there is an element of surprise for where the…

Gustav Klimt

I wanted to introduce the children in this group to a classic artist, and so I chose one of my favorites, Gustav Klimt. Aside from his works having a warm and magical feel to them, I thought it was important for the children to look at an image that would contain many small details. I…

Inspired by Schiele

Egon Schiele is an incredible artist, and as much as I love the pieces he creates, I realize that many of them are not appropriate or of interest to the young artists I am teaching. As I wanted to use his art to lead a specific discussion, I decided to focus on two types of…

Man and Nature

In this activity, I really wanted the children to consider the natural world and the man-made world. I wanted them to consider how the two interact, who imposes on who, and how can we coexist in a way that respects both worlds? Growing up in a city is a challenging life for a child. They…

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…

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…

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…