We are doing Expressionist art this month. I've provided a few videos and resources to help you make the most of it!
My favorite art resource book on hand is Evan-Moor's Art Book. You can also find a ton of stuff free. This art lesson is really easy to follow: Expressionism Art Lesson
I am a firm believer in letting children make 'messes'. No, no, I am not talking about the stinker who pours his glass of freshly pressed kale-apple-parsley juice all over the newly clean white carpet.
I am talking about messes that serve a creative function. Or messes that teach children about responsibility. I let my daughter get messy and I don't freak out when she makes an unintended mess.
Since summertime has come early this year, I decided to let her to her most favorite thing. Paint the concrete patio outside. I simply pour globs of red, washable paint all over the place and then give her a paintbrush.
Oh, and she does this in her undies. She is a little free-spirit.
I understand for a lot of parents, that it can be difficult to let your hair down after a long workday (or maybe you don't work) and grant your kids artistic freedom. Trust me. I had a hard time doing this. I grew up with strict "no-mess" rules and in the beginning of my daughter's childhood, I enforced those rules.
Until I saw that it hampered her spirit. It hampered her ability to learn from those messes. Most of all, it was stressful.
Color theory is an ideal topic to use for preschool, kindergarten, first grade and beyond, with each year getting a bit more scientific. For us, talking about color builds into a week-long unit study that art, math, science, history, and writing.
Today, I will teach you the basic information you need to teach color theory, build a color wheel and ideas for developing a unit study. Resources that we use will be given to, either as affiliate links or just good ole fashioned resource links across the homeschool/education web.
Just remember to have fun! Remember, this is designed for 3-6 year olds...not a third grader. Keep it simple. Keep it fun. Get a little messy.
We made a ladybug family with cardstock, popsicle sticks and goggly eyes. Actually, I didn't do anything. She did it all. Best craft ever.
What's the learning lesson here?
You could make this craft on Monday and use it throughout the week to accomplish other lessons.
We've been really into shaving cream and paint as of late. It's easy to clean up and delivers brilliant, child-inspired results. Today we made shaving cream watercolor paintings.
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