What do you do with those students who finish their art lesson early? There are many things students can make in a short time to keep them occupied until the end of the lesson. Giving children a choice is a good way to encourage creativity.
Having fun and learning about tone What a fun thing to do, learning how to mix different tones of grey inspired by the pots, pans and other utensils from the kitchen. Young children love different approaches to art, different challenges and the different ways we teachers present ideas to them. This art experience presented the young students with the unexpected, pots and pans from the kitchen in the classroom and the
Many times I have heard other teachers saying, “somebody gave me a pile of this or that, what I am going to do with all this? “I was in a similar situation when a parent came to the classroom with a big number of flat pizza boxes, my first thought was also, what can I do with it? I have never rejected a donation, no matter how big or how small. I keep everything but I do try to use our bits and bobs as so
A fun lesson to learn and to have fun creating and experimenting with paper and lots of imagination. This lesson on paper construction is ideal for students to create, to experiment and to use their imagination working with paper. Students are encouraged to make flat shapes and lines, and to transform them into 3D shapes, by folding, gluing and fastening with staples or tape. It also offers the opportunity to create
Clay figurines inspired by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum NYC The inspiration for this project comes from the ancient Chinese figurines at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. At the Museum, I found so many things to be inspired by: people dancing, animals in a pen, animals/birds figurines and many more beautiful terracotta small characters. This is an easy and fun way to do clay modelling. Ideally the clay pieces sho
Clay—Cartoons in 3 dimension deals with facial expressions and a sense of humour. It is a fun project that young students love, as using clay is one of the most popular art techniques. This art project can be approached in two ways. The first being adopting a cartoon style and the second is creating a clay model based on members of the community such as politicians, sport heroes, your teacher or even a favourite movi
Mixed media painting/collage is a very exciting painting project for primary school children appealing to those as young as five years of age. This tutorial presents an opportunity to use your imagination to create a composition in collage form, using different materials and paint on canvas. This project can be approached in different ways using various themes for inspiration. The theme for this particular project is
I could write for years about my experience teaching art to young children. I have been fascinated by children’s visual language, their imagination, their bold approach to art and by their endless creativity. Here I present a video to tell the story how this passion for advocating Art Education for young children began and why I began Brava Art Press, the website that I have created to give back to educators and pare