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Pointillism with Preschoolers: Fall Trees

When teaching Pointillism within the canon of Art History, it's common practice to focus on this painting: When I taught Post-Impressionism to college students, indeed, the Seurat painting above was discussed in depth -- as was color theory and the science behind it. But for my active preschoolers, who value doing more than looking, Pointillism… Continue reading Pointillism with Preschoolers: Fall Trees

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Geometric Painting for Kids

Miss R, my loyal tester for all projects that reach my preschool art class, experimented with a wonderful painting project yesterday. We made a large-scale geometric painting comprised of many squares in various colors.  First, we composed a tape grid on poster board (making squares out of lots of horizontal and vertical lines of painter's… Continue reading Geometric Painting for Kids

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Spray Painting for Kids: Stunning Process Art & Sensory Fun

This week's preschool art class provided another joyful and enriching sensory experience. Our "brushes" were spray bottles of liquid watercolors, and we continued to experiment with resist painting -- the concept of which my tiny artists are beginning to grasp after lots of exposure (see this project and this project). Before explaining our process, I'd like… Continue reading Spray Painting for Kids: Stunning Process Art & Sensory Fun

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Preschool Fine Art Series: Paper Marbling & Scrape Painting

  This week's preschool art lesson was dominated by a delightfully sensory Process Art project: creating incredibly gorgeous marbled paper via the tried and true shaving cream + food coloring printing technique. See this post and this post for a complete tutorial, but here's the gist: add food coloring to shaving cream, swirl it around to… Continue reading Preschool Fine Art Series: Paper Marbling & Scrape Painting