Category Archives for Painting

Painting from primaries to secondaries: (revisited)

I’ve been doing tray painting with kids for years. I wrote about tray painting in this kindergarten art lesson and this painting for kids post. I would have them use a piece of aluminum foil like

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Georgia O’Keefe style watercolor flowers

I must admit that even though it says this activity was of  Georgia O’Keefe watercolor flowers, I was not teaching them about Georgia O’Keefe. I just

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Making shades and tints: Extending the color mixing experience

This activity is actually a continuation of the first class I did with these first graders when they learned to mix colors and  make a color wheel . I wanted them

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Observational drawings painted in with watercolors (art class lesson 6)

Today I decided to try observational drawings with the girls. I collected a bunch of items from around my house as you see above and told the girls to each choose

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Using watercolors to create landscapes plus making grid drawings(art class lesson 5)

It turns out that some of the girls are having a hard time with some of the drawing exercises I have been giving them. To lighten things up I decided to start this week with a new way of using the watercolors

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Copying designs and beginning watercolors (art class lesson 4)

My quest to uncover the best way for children to copy what they are seeing continues. I started this class by giving them the sheet above. Each girl got her own sheet

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The beginning of a new art class

This past Sunday was the first of a new series of art classes that I am running in my home. One of my objectives with this art class is to put together a solid course

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Literacy based art projects: We started with dots

We recently finished a wonderful summer in our art camp. Every summer we collect the artwork the children do and make a book out of their work. Last years  book was full of process art  but, this years

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Use the kids names for a tape painting activity with acrylic paints

I saw this great idea on Pinterest with tape and acrylic paints. (pictured below) I wanted to something similar in our art camp with little kids as that activity

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3 different methods for creating your own collage papers

There are times when you might want to create your own papers to use for collages. We were actually doing these paper designing activities to make papers for an Eric Carle activity but, they can be done

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Try these many dot art activities, not all dot art are collages

  As we get into full swing at our summer art camp, we are making art that mimics children’s books and their illustrations. A book on dots is next up so I did my research looking for some good

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Make your own stamps to use with paint, out of pieces of cardboard from a box

There are so many ways to do stamping with kids. There are of course, the many pre cut stamps that you find in the crafts stores and catalogs and then there are the homemade ones . These stamps were made

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Crayon watercolor resist with gold paint added

There are so many ways to do resist activities and this is only one of them. This was a classic resist activity where the kids used white, wax crayons to color

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Using watercolors and tape for flower painting for kids

I saw this idea of flower painting for kids in book that I would love to give credit for but, I can’t remember which book it was even though I looked through all of my art books I have.Many of the

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A kindergarten art lesson: Making a color wheel and using the wheel to make secondary colors, tertiary colors and complementary colors.

If you are a kindergarten teacher or a homeschooling parent and you want to expand your children’s art knowledge, the best way to start is by making a color

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Finger painting with kids: The best sensory activity around

Finger painting with kids Finger painting with kids is  the ultimate process only art activity. Meaning that all the kids really care about is mushing in the paints

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Need some cool art projects: Try using shaving cream and watercolor paint

This art project which is one of the most cool art projects you will find may not be for really young preschoolers. You need to use shaving cream and  Concentrated

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Painting for kids: Ideas for 8 different painting activities for young children

  Painting for kids  has been a very strong part of or the nursery, preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Most classrooms have an easel for painting.  That’s

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Kids painting in black & white teaches line and value then mix colors to create a variety of sky pictures

  I wanted to teach the children something about line and value. These activities that I have in this post were not actually done all at the same time but, they

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Negative space exercises: How capable are young children of learning the concept

Negative space is not the easiest of concepts for little children. Many adults have had their issues with it so it’s not surprising that it can be a hard concept to grasp. The 2 pictures here, the

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