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
Karen Kitchel used a close up lens to capture over 112 images of nature (the DAM has 20). She then meticulously painted each of those images.More
This routine can be done daily or weekly and takes about 5-10 minutes. It will encourage children to practice conversation, questioning, and close looking.More