Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Experiencing Preschool Art

I taught a class last Saturday on preschool art. I had seven children attend (including Monkey Georgia). It was a fun class. I haven't taught young children in a long time, nor have I led art classes. I do sometimes miss leading the craft club for my moms' group, but we so rarely had people show up that I couldn't keep spending the time on it.

The two projects we did were a fabric collage and a canvas placemat decorated with pastel dye sticks. I like to use "real" adult art supplies with kids, so we used craft glue and acrylic paint. I've found that kids' paints (like tempera paint) do not hold up well. Tempera is designed to wash out of clothing, but that means that it also is not permanent on projects.

I wrote an article for the Spencer Magnet about the class: Preschool Art: Fostering a Sense of Creativity in Children at a Young Age. (The article is not yet available on the website. I will update the link when it is. If you are local, it is available in the print edition.)

The supplies used in class include:
  • cardstock - can be found at craft stores or in craft sections of chain stores (like Walmart)
  • acrylic paint - craft stores/craft sections. It's available in lots of colors and sized bottles.
  • fabric pieces - I just cut up some of my scraps into smaller pieces. This only takes a few minutes. I prefer to do the cutting myself rather than letting the kids do it. Kids' scissors are too dull to cut fabric, and I'm not handing over my shears.
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue - Available in craft stores or craft sections (or Amazon)
  • Pentel Pastel Dye Sticks for fabric - I got mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon, but they're also available at Amazon.
  • canvas placemats @ Discount School Supply - These appear to be the same thing that I purchased. The package that I bought was a pack of 25.

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