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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…