Honestly, who doesn't love Pop Art? Ok maybe some people, but this is definitely a movement that appeals to kids. Warhol in particular makes art fun and cartoonish, with his use of bright, distorted colors and repetition. So let's have a Warhol day.
Andy Warhol is perhaps one of the most memorable and enigmatic artists of the last 100 years. You don't have to know anything about art to know a Warhol. His pop culture appropriations made him famous, and now your preschoolers can rise to that fame too. Ok ok probably not, but they can have fun experimenting with prints, making reproductions and using vivid colors.
Materials: Print out an image that the children can color, something simple a face or single image (you'll need 9 copies total) Crayons/Markers Large white board (this is your display board) Glue
Activity: After discussing various works by Warhol and introducing him as an artist, present the materials. Allow the children to color the 9 copies and then lay them out 3x3 on the large white board. Let children can arrange them how they like before gluing.
Seurat believed that emotion could be conveyed best via color. In one of his most well known pieces A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte warm colors illuminate those who are jubilant, while in the foreground cold colors cast shadow on the faces of the somber upper class. Through balance of warm and cold, Seurat achieves a sense of harmony in his piece, a balance between not only the warmth of gold hues and cold dark shadows, but also between the classes depicted in his piece.
In addition to Seurat's use of color, his individual style stands out. Pointillism is best summed thanks to our friends at wikipedia "Pointillism is a style of painting in which small distinct points of primary colors create the impression of a wide selection of secondary and intermediate colors.
That being said creating art in the manner of Seurat is not the difficult task it appears to be, not even for a preschooler. One of my fellow teachers employs this technique and I must say the results are often spectacular!
Materials: Box of q-tips Washable tempera paint Watercolor paper (or any paper that is firm like cardstock)
Activity: After discussing and introducing Seurat to your children begin the activity. You may want to demonstrate to them how to gently dab the q-tip in the paint and begin dotting their work. Older children may prefer to first outline a picture with a pencil and then begin to fill in the picture with dots.
I began teaching preschoolers about art two years ago. In those two years we have had one art show, and are gearing up for another one come August. Teaching art to children isn't so much a class, as it is an activity, an opportunity for them to develop their skills (i.e. hand - eye coordination), socialize and use their uninhibited imaginations that so many of us adults seem to lack.
In honor of those few adults who managed to cling on to some imagination, I'm presenting my preschoolers with: ART HISTORY MONTH!
Here are some activities we'll be doing, if you have kids or know somewhere where they keep kids, feel free to borrow some of our projects.
Mondrian is best known for his involvement in the De Stijl (de stail) movement. Using primary colors in addition to black and white, Mondrian's work is a non-representational mix of blocks and lines.
Mondrian is about as preschool friendly as an artist can get, primary colors, squares, rectangles and lines, everything is basic and at their level. In addition, this is an excellent opportunity to teach the children early geometry skills, planning/visualizing, and about non-representational art (perhaps explaining to them that in order for something to be "art" it does not have to be a realistic depiction, something many of them struggle with at times!).
Materials: long strips of black construction paper yellow, red and blue squares and rectangles of all sizes one large sheet of white paper glue
Activity: After discussing Mondrian with the children, perhaps via book or use of images, allow them to choose a few rectangles, squares and strips to begin constructing their own. You can either choose to help them lay out their project before they glue, or allow them to go at it on their own. I often allow the children to help each other with ideas and technique, but try to interfer as little as possible, to me the process is far more important than their product.
I'll start off with a disclaimer, I'm no professional. There. That being said the point of this blog is to provide information and resources on art (of all varietals) for ages 2-80 years. Why? For the sole purpose of connecting with other individuals who share a love for the craft, who see the world as one big painting/photograph/interpretive dance (oh god) waiting to happen.