NOTE: The lessons on this page were submitted in the early days of IAD when teachers had no scanners or digital cameras to take pictures of student work. Because of this any examples are digitally produced.
Submitted by:Angie Fitzpatrick, art teacher in Coal Point Public School NSW Australia. Ages: Four to Six
Textas (A felt-tip pen, usually coloured and wide-tipped for use by children)
Children love to trace around their body parts. We took off our shoes and socks and then traced around our feet with big textas on blank sheets of paper. Next we used Wax Crayons to make colourful patterns on our feet outlines.
When completed we washed over our entire design with a bright coloured dye. (Powdered vegetable dyes mixed with water). We like to use light coloured Crayons like yellows, oranges, light blues and greens, under darker dyes of purples, deep blues and greens or bright red because they look very effective.
When dry, the children cut out their feet outlines and we put them up around our walls as footprints walking around our room. The children love it.
Five Lesson Ideas
Submitted by:Shana Stein, art teacher at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art in Indiana.
Ages: Two to Five
A great thing to do is save all of your trash, like toilet paper rolls, bottle tops, etc. and have kids put it together with tape or glue. They can paint it the next day or decorate it with beans. It can go on forever. Ages three-on up.
A good thing for twos, balloon printing. Sticking the balloon into paint and printing on paper. Try different kinds of paper too! newspaper, wrapping paper etc.
Using small printmaking rollers is really fun too. Just put some paint on a Styrofoam Trays and let them roll the roller (Brayers) on it. If you have Kraft Paper to roll onto that is great too!
Ages three to five. Collaging with recycled materials is a good way for young children to learn about all different kinds of colors, shapes and textures. Sometimes children's museums have recycled materials shops or just regular junk shops...
Painting with sand on cardboard is enjoyable as well. Just put the sand directly in the paint and children can just paint as usual. As for the cardboard liquor stores and SAM'S clubs usually have an endless supply of free boxes. Children learn about color and texture in this project.
This lesson is very quick and easy and the children love the outcome! I put the primary colors on the student's paper in little puddles, about the size of a half dollar. Next, I put the Handi-wrap on top of the paint. The students will then mix the colors together with their fingers on top of the Handi-wrap, like finger painting without the mess!
The students will become amazed when they create greens and purples and oranges that weren't there when they started! It's a great way to teach them about color and they get to see the colors first hand by mixing them themselves!
When they are finished, I pull the Plastic Wrap off and the painting is left to dry. They make wonderful abstract paintings and the colors are great! Have Fun!