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Mondrian for Kids

If you've been following my preschool art series, you probably know by now that I have a thing for tape resist methods. Kids love the whole peel-and-reveal situation, and tape resist allows for creativity without much restraint, while still producing semi-controlled and/or geometric works. So, for our final class this year, we revisited our beloved… Continue reading Mondrian for Kids

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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

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Preschool Art Class: Printmaking Basics and a Dash of Dale Chihuly

Since the preschool stained glass project was a huge success, I delved a bit deeper into the world of glass art by introducing my tiny students to Dale Chihuly. We mimicked his popular “Maccia” series, using white coffee filters, washable markers and heavy spray starch. We simply used markers to make designs on the coffee… Continue reading Preschool Art Class: Printmaking Basics and a Dash of Dale Chihuly

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Impressionism for Kids: Finger-painting with Monet

Last week, my Fine Art for Kids preschool class learned about Impressionism, looking at images by Monet and studying his Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies. We talked about what an “impression” is, and how we all perceive the world differently. We discussed the Impressionists' tendency to paint in groups, depicting the same subject… Continue reading Impressionism for Kids: Finger-painting with Monet

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Preschool Art Class: Making “Ish” Art

This week's installment of my preschool fine art class was based upon the teachings found in Peter Reynolds’ Ish. Ish is a continuation of The Dot -- the book that started it all for my little class of budding artistes.  Ish is about a young artist who adores drawing — anytime, anywhere, anything — until his big brother… Continue reading Preschool Art Class: Making “Ish” Art

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Resist Painting inspired by Peter Reynolds’ “The Dot”

My first lesson for the Preschool Fine Art enrichment course was a success! The class introduces young artists to art historical movements, techniques and concepts, while demonstrating art's expressive capacity. The students and I had so much fun creating together, and I wanted to share their work and process here. For our first session, I… Continue reading Resist Painting inspired by Peter Reynolds’ “The Dot”

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Watercolor Painting with Color Wonder Markers — WOW! 

Yesterday I mentioned that we're on a liquid watercolor kick over here at chez R. I'll be sharing a few of my favorite projects in the next few days, and here's one you may not have seen before (I'd never heard of or thought of it until we tried it): Watercolor Resist Painting using Color Wonder… Continue reading Watercolor Painting with Color Wonder Markers — WOW! 

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Exploring Texture: Stained “Glass” for Kids with Wax Paper, Crayons and Watercolors

I'm a bit shocked that my five years of art-centered parenthood have been largely devoid of liquid watercolors -- an art-making, creative staple. We have a bountiful and ever-growing art supply stash, and welcoming liquid watercolors into the mix was long overdue. They're so vibrant! And washable! And easy to paint with! And versatile! I'm… Continue reading Exploring Texture: Stained “Glass” for Kids with Wax Paper, Crayons and Watercolors

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Magically Colored Milk — and Art, of course 

Milk is pretty magical, right? I mean, what else can provide enough nourishment to sustain a life? I'm sure both of my girls will attest to milk's awesomeness -- after all, miss R indulged in my liquid gold for 2+ years and baby K is still holding strong. But little did my girls know how… Continue reading Magically Colored Milk — and Art, of course