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Preschool Art Class Part 7- Pop Art with FREE PRINTABLE

art class 7Our final week of Preschool Art Class was all about Pop Art.

We looked at several works of Pop Art such as:

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We talked about how Pop Art uses lots of vibrant colors and shapes and can be very repetitive. Be careful if you google “Pop Art Images” … not everything is friendly for little eyes!

After we looked at art and talked about artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, the kids got to try their own Pop Art.

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For the first project, each child received his or her name to decorate. I gave them stickers and crayons. We looked at examples of Word Art… especially by Jasper Johns and then they were able to create!

pop 2Next, each child received this butterfly print out and were able to decorate with stickers and fill in the shapes, etc. We reviewed shapes as we went. You can print your own Butterfly Pop Art Below (click on the link BELOW the image for the printable version)!

Pop Butterfly Click for Printable Version—- >>> Pop Art Butterfly

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:

Michelangelo

Van Goh

Dr. Seuss

Eric Carle

Jackson Pollock

Pointalism

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Preschool Art Class Part 6

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For week 6 of our preschool art class, we focused on Pointalism. We talked about great artists who use this method and looked at examples of their work.

I did not have a chance to get to the library before this class. So, I googled pointalism on my tablet and took some screen shots of work. I showed my little ones a slide show. We zoomed in closely to see the dots that are characteristic of pointalism.

A-Sunday-Afternoon-on-MEDIUMOne of the most famous works of pointalism is “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat

After viewing works by famous artists, I let the kids try their hand at pointalism.

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We used Q Tips and THESE TEMPLATES from Therapy Fun Zone.

Most kids hung in there for a while and did individual dots in each circle, but by the end, they were mostly using their Q Tips as paint brushes and making big strokes across the paper. They had a great time!

Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series:

Michelangelo

Van Goh

Dr. Seuss

Eric Carle

Jackson Pollock

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Preschool Art Class Part 5

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This week was by far my favorite in our Preschool Art Class with our local homeschool association. We learned about Jackson Pollock. It was a great day to be outside.

Before we started painting, we watched THIS CUTE VIDEO all about Jackson Pollock. It’s only about 7 minutes long and very kid friendly.

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We headed outside with our various painting tools. We had textured brushes, sponges, paint brushes and medicine droppers.

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The kids worked together to make a group painting and then each got to work on individual work.

As with most of their paintings, most of the papers ended up being covered completely with some form of the color brown. But as I’ve said before, with preschool art… it’s all about the process and not the end result.

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:

Michelangelo

Van Goh

Dr. Seuss

Eric Carle

Linking Up with:

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Preschool Art Class Part 4

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Continuing with our preschool art class series, this week we focused on Eric Carle.

Just to recap, these posts are sharing what I did in an art class for 3-5 year olds with our local homeschool association. This happened to be the week that I had to be out tending to a sick toddler so I don’t have any pictures of the class. However, I will share ideas and fun facts!

Eric Carle is best known for his popular children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” He was born in New York on June 25, 1929.

He utilizes paints and collage to illustrate his work. His illustrations are absolutely beautiful. He paints different papers and then cuts and layers them to create his images.

This week in our art class, the children heard several books by Eric Carle including “Head to Toe” and “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.”

The children then got to use water colors to create their own masterpieces.

Barnes and Noble Online Story Time has a Video of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” being read by Eric Carle himself. You can find it here.

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:

Michelangelo

Van Goh

Dr. Seuss

Linking up with:

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Preschool Art Class Part 2

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Continuing with the preschool art class series, this week we will be looking at Vincent Van Goh.

I always start each class with music and movement to get the wiggles out.

We then gathered around and looked through several books that I checked out of the library featuring Van Goh’s work. We didn’t get into many of the details of his life, but looked more at his work. We talked about the different paintings- the colors, the pictures.

Next, we moved to the tables. Each child got a paper with a black and white drawing of Starry Night (I drew these, but you can find them online… especially on Pinterest) and a pallet of paint.

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Instead of brushes, we let the kids finger paint.

van goh 3Most of the kids started off trying to use different colors and paint somewhat in the lines… but as with most preschoolers, everything ended up a shade of brown and all over the paper.

Keep in mind when teaching preschoolers about art… it’s all about the process with them and not the end result!

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:

Michelangelo

Dr. Seuss

Linking Up with:

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Pinata Party

We’ve come together with some other families in the area who are also doing My Father’s World to form a co op. It’s so fun and definitely one of the highlights of our school week. We meet once a week and try to do activities that maybe we wouldn’t get to at home… like fun art projects.

Last week and this, we’ve been talking about Mexico. Our big project last week was a pinata. We used paper mache and balloons. This week, we had a Mexican fiesta, ending with the smashing of the pinatas!

We started by making our paper mache. Equal parts flour and water with about 1/2 tablespoon per cup of flour. SO… we mixed 3 cups flour, 3 cups water and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt. Mix with a wooden spoon until the paste has a batter consistency. Dunk strips of newspaper (ours were about 1 1/2 inches by 7 inches), drag them on the side of the bowl to remove excess paste and place them in a criss cross pattern on the balloon. A little paste goes a long way. Leave the “belly button” of the balloon uncovered.

Continue the process until your balloon has THREE layers of pasted paper.

It took about 3 or 4 days for our pinata to dry. I had it resting on this measuring cup and would flip it once a day so the top and bottom had equal opportunity to dry. When it is dry, pop the balloon at the opening. We used that hole to put in the candy. I then mixed up a little bit of paste and covered the top of the pinata with a few more strips of paper. We let it dry over night and painted it the next day.

The kids couldn’t agree on how to decorate the pinata… so we divided it into three sections and they each got to design a section. I found some angry birds stickers to add some pizazz!

All that hard work and creativity led to this:

Pinata carnage! It was so worth it though. The kids had a great time smashing the pinatas and collecting their reward.

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The Snip Snip Box and Recycled Crafts

What do you do with all the scrap paper that accumulates in your house. My kids are constantly cutting and gluing and leaving a trail of paper scraps in their paths… and then, there are all the magazines and circulars that come…. plus cereal boxes and other cardboard scraps.

When I was teaching in the public school system, I had a snip snip box in my art center. The kids could use the scraps to practice cutting or create some masterpiece collage or deposit their unused scraps. I decided to add a snip snip box in our house to accommodate my budding artist.

I have this box tucked on a book shelf, next to the scissors, glue and crayons. When the kids are feeling creative, they dig in and make a masterpiece. I encourage them to look in the box for paper before pulling out a new sheet.

Big Brother and Big Sis made their own pencil holders from the materials they found in the box:

The kids’ interest in the snip snip box was renewed when our local children’s museum had a recycled art center. They got to see what other people were doing with different materials!

 

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Taking the Chalk Off the Sidewalk


We have a small patio in the backyard. With the weather turning somewhat cooler, the kids have rediscovered the backyard…woohoo! Kids gotta move… Run, jump, spin… Move! And, in and 1100 square foot house, movement just isn’t that possible. We have a great backyard for kids…lots of space and a swingset that the monkey dad built (he’s so handy).

Anyway…the kids have been drawing with chalk, but quickly ran out of space on the patio. I suggested they use the fence like and easel. It was so fun to see the things they came up with. They made up a game called “art is beautiful”. You color in part of the fence and when you are done, yell “art is beautiful”. Great game huh?

Drawings of hot air balloons, butterflies, parks and playgrounds were also created. They had a great time!

Chalk- $1.00 from Target! No expensive art class needed here.

**we drew on the fence a lot in the summer and then used water balloons to wash it off… Hours of entertainment**

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