Ready-To-Use Teaching Idea: Art
- collection of nonfiction and fiction books about art and artists including the suggested books for each activity
- variety of colored construction paper, large black construction paper, and large white drawing paper
- pencils, markers, crayons, and colored chalk or chalk pastels
- tempera paint
- medium to large size paint brushes
- glue or glue sticks
- child safety scissors
Objective: Children will read about different artists and imitate their style to develop creative thinking, and language and literacy skills.
1. Documenting the Artist Study. Prepare language experience charts to record factual information that children will learn about each artist. Invite children to share their opinions about the art. Tell them the titles of the paintings and encourage them to think of titles for their own art work.
2. Paper Cuts in the Style of Henri Matisse. Show children books highlighting the "paper cut" artwork of the Impressionist artist Henri Matisse such as Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors by Jane O'Connor (Penguin, 2002). Then, show the class pictures of Matisse's paintings and ask them to describe the differences and similarities between the paper cuts and paintings. Encourage children to observe and discuss the different pictures. Do they like the way Matisse used shapes of paper to create pictures? Does this work remind them of something they have done or seen? Prepare the art area with a variety of colored paper, child safety scissors, and glue. Invite children to create paper cut art in the style of Henri Matisse and then share their completed work. Keep art materials available for a few days so children can continue to explore this method of creative expression.
3. Georgia O'Keefe's Large Flower Paintings. Read the book My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter (Harcourt, 1998) and show children reproductions of the large flower paintings of the artist Georgia O'Keefe. Ask children to describe what they see and share their feelings about her work. Why do they think the artist liked to paint this way? Why do they think people enjoy these paintings? Tell children they will make a large flower painting in the style of Georgia O'Keefe. Bring in a variety of flowers for children to observe, sketch, and paint. Encourage them to look at the different shapes, colors, designs, and textures of each flower and then choose a flower to paint or draw. Give them a large sheet of white drawing paper and pencils, colored pencils, chalk pastels, and tempera paint. Invite children to choose the medium of their choice to create their fabulous flower.
Curriculum Connection: CREATIVE THINKING
Painting Stories. Collect a variety of reproductions of paintings depicting interesting scenes for children to use as story starters. Invite each child to choose a painting and ask them to write their own story about the painting. Offer assistance if needed.
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush by Hitz Demi
What Do Artists Use? by Susan Canizares and Samantha Berger
You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman