Sunshine and Spray Paint

For this activity we took advantage of the beautiful sunshine and went to the garden for our workshop. The children mixed their own paint colors in spray bottles and I laid out recycled butcher paper for them to spray. I let the children unroll the paper as large as they would like, so they could…

Art in the Park

For this activity we took a trip to a local park in Istanbul and spent the first half the lesson exploring, observing and collecting. We found different and new plants we hadn’t seen before, we discussed smells, sounds and textures, and we searched for the perfect spot to create in. Once the kids were all…

Googly Eyed

In this particular workshop, it was my first time creating with both children. I brought some recycled butcher paper, sticks, scraps of fabric, pastels, paints, multiple styles of scissors and a big box of mixed materials. I presented them first with the paper and said they could create anything they wanted but they needed to…

Deep Sea Stencil

In this activity, first the children watched me make a stencil which they spray painted, and after they understood how a stencil was made they got to create their own. They loved working outside with the spray paint and watching how quickly the color rushes from the can. They were screaming with excitement at this…

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…

Garden To Go

Using a cut tree log and a handful of clay, the children made their own portable gardens. We shaped the clay into different sized pots and when it dried we painted it and sealed it with a glue mixture. When the Pots were ready for planting, we mixed grass seeds in with soil and filled…

Colorful Life

In this workshop, the children worked together on a group painting. They first were asked to create the night sky, and then to decorate it with fireworks. We used different types of brushes to sprinkle paint, and used straws to blow the paint onto the paper to create an “exploding” effect. The goal of this…

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…