Want some ideas of fun summer activities you can do with your children? I enjoy making art and children are uninhibited, letting their creativity flow...I like to recycle whenever possible. Go outside and let them make a mess. Just like the chalk on the sidewalk, most of it will wash away with the rain!
This week I taught art from 9 to 12:30 Monday through Friday at the pre-school where I work during the school year.
Monday, we made sculptures (using wood, recycled objects: tin cans, bottle caps, paper towel rolls, cardboard, glue and masking tape), worked with clay, wove with yarn on simple looms, talked about some paintings by Matisse, Kandinsky, Picasso, etc. and about the differences between a portrait, still-life and landscape. We read "Olivia" by Ian Falconer and talked about how she went to the museum, then came home and made a painting inspired by Jackson Pollock. If you go to that website, you can have some fun with Olivia...there's a painting game.Tuesday, we painted on the easel with the 3 primary colors, plus white, on newsprint, made face masks and garden stepping stones with Quikrete, outside the played on the playground in the sun! We read "Art is..." by Bob Raczka. The children really liked the painting by Guiseppe Arcimboldo...you will too...he does a lot of portraits that are really fruit or vegetable "still lifes."
Wednesday, we went into the gym (it was wet and rainy) to play and ride bikes, hula-hoop...each child got a 11 x 14" canvas on stretcher bars to paint on...the children also painted the collaborative sculptures and some of their individual sculptures. One little girl said "Can we make stuffed animals? I really like stuffed animals, because they are SO soft." So, we got out felt, fabric, blunt-tipped needles and embroidery floss. I love to sew. She was quite pleased with her little bear that I helped her to make, then wanted to make clothes for him!
Thursday, we had a great time outside....where I took lots of photos. Inside, children painted or drew on the easel, finished sewing, played in the water table with funnels attached to hoses, built sand castles in the sand table (added a bit of water and used their hands and some bowls) and then read "Lily Brown's Paintings" by Angela Johnson and E. B. Lewis, a book about a little girl who makes art and is very creative...making some of her people walk upside down!
Friday, that's today...we helped the children glue photos into their art journals to take home and wrote down what they said as they reflected on the week. We read "Babar's Museum of Art" by Laurent and Phyllis de Brunhoff. The children had a lot to say about all the paintings that had elephant faces. They wanted to talk about what the elephant was doing in the painting like Edvard Munch's "The Scream"...maybe he lost his parents? maybe he got hurt? We colored some tessallations. At the end of the day, I encouraged all the children to hang up their art work with their parent's permission in their house...to make it an art museum!