Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- Butcher or large mural paper
- Plastic-foam trays
- Tempera paints
- An assortment of brushes, including: (Makeup. Scrub, Watercolor, Hair, Shoe)
- Buckets or pans
Objective: Children will take part in a tactile and creative experience as they explore a new painting technique.
In Advance: Ask parents to donate all types of brushes.
- Talk with children about where they have seen brushes before. Ask them to describe what types of brushes they see and use at home and at school.
- Cover the entire surface of a table with a large sheet of paper. Then help children put on smocks, and invite them to gather around the table.
- Name the brushes with children, pass each brush around, and encourage children to feel the bristles. Ask them to describe what each brush feels like. Introduce words such as hard, soft, smooth, rough, and scratchy. Ask children to point out brushes they would use for specific activities such as hair-brushing or painting.
- Pour different colors of paint into separate trays, demonstrate how to put a brush in paint, and then brush-paint on the paper. Invite children to experiment with brush-painting. Encourage them to use a variety of brushes and describe the design each one makes.
- Hang children's paintings. Then ask them to help put the brushes in soapy water. Children can enjoy feeling the bristles on their hands and arms as they wash the brushes.
For younger children: Use larger objects that can be used as bruches, including feather dusters and large bristle blocks.
Foor older children: Provide tiny objects that can be used as brushes, including doll combs and brushes, that children can use to add details to their brush paintings.
Encourage children to touch the brushes at all stages of the activity even when full of paint.
- Place dolls or other plastic toys in buckets filled with soapy water. Invite children to use different-size brushes to wash these items.
- Introduce combs to children. Talk with them about the differences between and similarities of these items and brushes.
If You Take a Paintbrush by Fulvio Testa
Peter's Painting by Sally Moss