Galaxy Ice

This activity was especially focused on sensory play. It was a two-day activity as the first day was dedicated to preparation and the second day to painting creations. Mixing glue, glitter, water and paint, the children made their own color liquids which they poured into ice trays. We let them freeze overnight, and the next…

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…

Crazy Hair Day

This art project was inspire by Pablo Picasso. We spent some time looking at images of how he painted faces and distorted reality. I asked the children in the group what they thought and they said, ” it looks crazy!” I told them they were going to make their own Picasso inspired crazy faces, but…

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…

Guiding One Another

The most important focus in creating art is that the child is always enjoying themself. If they feel good and are happy during the process, their confidence is being boosted, both creativity and emotionally. Children learn to experiment in art and take risks in order to discover an outcome, and this is a skill that…

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…

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…

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…

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…