Make a Still Life to Celebrate a Special Day!

Make a Still Life to celebrate a special day Encouraging children to create art with personal meaning is very important to me.  For our youngest artists, this often involves sharing their stories, imagination, and experiences visually.  A still life is a great subject for observational drawing, but I wanted to go beyond a simple drawing exercise  and get students to create a work that is personally meaningful to them.  My solution was to have my students make a still life to celebrate a special day.  This...

Multimedia Crayon Resist Fish Painting

Multimedia Crayon Resist Fish Painting Do you ever wonder how we can begin to teach very young children how to communicate ideas through their art?  I believe it starts with giving them a tool box of artistic strategies through a series of fun, straightforward, hands on art experiences, such as this one!  In this lesson, Multimedia Crayon Resist Fish, young artists will learn some ways to communicate a focal point to the viewer, layer a variety of art materials, and also come away with an...

Multimedia bird painting: Kids combine paint, pastel drawing, model magic, and found objects to create a textured bird

Multimedia Bird Art Using Clay and Paint

  Multimedia Bird Art Using clay and Paint     Do you and your child ever go on a vacation or even an outing and come home inspired to make art?  Well, that is what happened to us when we took a trip with family to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA this past summer!  This place was truly amazing, and my four year old son and I were talking about these awesome bird experiences for a while. We both decided it would...

Multi-Media self portraits: young artists will get an introduction to drawing, painting, and collage.

Multi-media Self Portraits for Kindergarten Artists

Multi-Media Self Portraits for Kindergarten Multi-media self portraits are  great art experiences for parents to have with their kids at home as well as in the classroom. Young children change so much that it is nice to have a collection of self portraits made in the early years as a keepsake of their artistic development. I like to start my Kindergarten students’ school year off with a series of self portraits. I also wrap up the year with a self portrait so their families can see their growth. This...

Flower Sun-catcher Craft

This past April I had the opportunity to volunteer in my son’s preschool and lead them in an art experience. The theme for the week was flowers, so I decided on a flower sun-catcher using warm and cool colors. Through this activity the children not only learned the parts of a flower, but they learned some introductory color theory, such as color mixing and the difference between cool and warm colors. They also got to show off their cutting skills...