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
Materials for the art center:More
As seen in her interview, artist Melanie Yazzie is never at a loss for ideas because she collects objects and images for a wall of inspiration in her studio.More
This routine will encourage children to relate their personal knowledge of a concrete object with a more abstract image. Students will explore how artists make choices when creating as they investigate different colors, textures, and shapes.More
Invite students to close their eyes and, using their imaginations, “shrink” their bodies down to the size of a butterfly. Without actually moving, prompt students to use their imaginations to “jump” or “fly” into the painting and land on something or someone represented in the artwork.More
- Collect or invite students to collect natural materials (twigs, rocks, pinecones, leaves, etc.) and place them in a basket that you will add to an art area. Provide additional nature pieces to offer a variety of items for children’s exploration.
“The blankets in this piece were given with the heirloom-like intent of passing on stories, remembrances, and teachings” -Marie Watt
How can you encourage students to share their stories related to an object or idea?More
During circle time or another daily routine, pass out a detailed image of an artwork.More
Children discover what happens when paint drips over a 3-D form. Pouring one color at a time, children see the effect of layering colors.More