I hope that you all have had a great weekend. This week I have found an excellent art education blog created for instructors of 3-13 year old. The blog, “Art for Small Hands”, has tons of post that can be incorporated in the classroom. Please check it out, subscribe, and share it with other educators.
I recommend the Paiper Mache-Layered Bowls to everyone. This creative art project is for students age 9-13. The project allows the students to create paper bowls using paper mache that they will later design with objects and paper of their choice. This project does not require many supplies and can be completed in two easy sessions. Check this exciting project out here.
Learn more after the jump From our friends at Arts for Small Hands blog:
What children know about art, grown artists are at pains to recapture. This is the joy of teaching art to children. It is also the great challenge. This website is for any adult — teachers, parents — looking for step-by-step guidance in how to instruct and develop, without overwhelming or dampening, the artist inside every child.You will find art projects here that I have put together over a long career of teaching art to children from ages 3 to 13. Each lesson plan is self-contained with all the information needed to complete the project: the target age; the key concepts to be learned; the materials needed; helpful notes to avoid pitfalls; and some anticipated conversations you may have with your young artists as they are working. Before you begin, here are four foundational principles for any adult teaching art to children:
1) Instruct but do not do. Discuss a child’s work. Demonstrate techniques. Share ideas. But do not touch the work itself.
2) Never start with a pre-cut shape. Never trace. Start from scratch. A child’s circle will be more interesting than your own.
3) Quality materials and an organized, inviting workspace are an essential backdrop for creative chaos. Invest in good supplies and take time to set up.
4) Look. Look at the greats; no child is too young for art history. Look at the world; learning to make art is learning to see and find pleasure in details.
Art education should begin young. Inhibition is the adversary, and it often creeps in by around seventh grade. Have fun with these projects and celebrate beautiful works with pride.