Koinobory Flags

In celebration of Children’s Day in Japan, I made koinobory flags with some of my little artists. My students are living in Istanbul, but originally from Japan, and I wanted to hold a workshop that would celebrate something from their culture. Traditionally in Japan, families hang the koinobory flag outside their home as a symbol…

Plant Cell Paintings

Art is the perfect medium to teach children science through. For this workshop we collected leaves from a garden and examined them under a magnifying glass. I explained to the children that when seen under an even stronger lens, such as a microscope, the cells inside the plant would be visible. We talked about cells…

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…

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…