Carlos Frésquez is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro series of installations. Find out how he was inspired early on to make art.More
- Have a basket with twist ties or cut up pipe cleaners in a center and another basket of cut up cardstock shapes (cereal boxes are great for this!) Hole punches should also be available nearby.
Provide an 8x10 piece of felt that has slits one inch a part almost the entire width of the piece. Leave a one inch space around the entire felt piece as a border.
Provide various material choices to weave in and out of the slits.More
- Collect scraps of colorful paper (tissue paper, patterned paper, cardstock, computer paper) and place them in a basket in an art area. Encourage children to tear or cut pieces in various sizes.
The art of observation will provide an opportunity for children to look into the detail of the artwork. This activity will reinforce math skills, build vocabulary and introduce descriptive language.More
A tableau is a frozen picture. It is an effective tool for encouraging children to notice details, which is an important reading and pre-writing skill. Follow these steps to create frozen pictures in your classroom!More
Building machines with our bodies is a great way to understand abstract concepts in a concrete physical way.
Before introducing this activity with an art object, start out with a familiar machine, such as a bus or a blender.More
Choose an object (this could be a still life painting or photograph with a variety of recognizable items).
Engage children in this game by singing each call and response phrase.More
- Choose an art object with a variety of shapes, colors, and lines.
Artists often tinker with non-conventional tools to help create their art. In Motherwell’s Angus, artist Theodore Waddell uses masonry trowels and specially modified brushes originally intended to apply tar to roofs to create a heavy build-up of paint on the surface of the canvas.More
Prepare an art center with Styrofoam trays, printing ink or paint, rollers, paper, and a mixture of tools and materials that create imprints, such as:More
Ideas for the Art Center:
- Add pre-cut paper shapes in various sizes.
- Painters tape
- Rollers with ink or paint