What’s Going on in Museum School? (Art Adventure)

Art Adventure is a class we offer for young learners, ages 4 & 5. Students are introduced to materials, methods, and ideas that are applied to a variety of projects throughout the 8 week session. Color, shape, texture, and line are explored through painting, drawing, clay, collage, and printmaking techniques.



We began this project by creating the background for these adorable snowmen. Students used white oil pastels to draw snowflakes, and then painted over the top with liquid watercolor, to achieve a water color resist. Many “oohs and ahhs” were heard, as they noticed the white snowflakes “magically” appearing through the paint!


To create the snowmen, students learned how to draw circles for the heads and an arc to create the shape of the body. Then, they cut them out and pasted them onto the (dried) backgrounds. For many children, this is their first experience with using scissors. The hand-eye coordination is a tough thing to master but by the second or third lesson that requires scissors, they have improved immensely through guided assistance!



The results are always completely unique!



This fun “relief sculpture” project was an adaptation from a lesson by famed art ed blogger, Cassie Stephens. Although the lesson contained some advanced techniques, these little artists were excited to use new, and unfamiliar materials, such as sharpies and tin foil.

We painted lines on the background, with neon paint to really make this project pop! This project fell during the week of Valentine’s Day, so as a class we learned how to draw hearts. Next we glued string to them, and then placed tin foil over the hearts and smashed it down to make the string reappear. Because this was very tactile, the students were concentrating, and excited to rediscover their designs.


These preschoolers never cease to amaze!


We believe strongly in teaching the fundamentals of art. These little art adventurers are already beginning to learn color theory by mixing primary colors to create secondary ones.


We walked through all the steps together, as students mixed their own paint and then created a color wheel umbrella.




In this next mixed media / drawing lesson, our little artists learned about jellyfish, and then created an underwater scene. They used chalk pastels to make the jellyfish appear see-through, and oil pastels to draw spindly seaweed. (lesson inspired by Deep Space Sparkle)




The last step was adding white splatter paint to make bubbles!

This next lesson was also inspired by Deep Space Sparkle. Our goal is to send students home with a wide variety of artwork, letting them explore mixed media over the 8 week session. Although students had used chalk pastels before, we used this lesson to introduce them to warm and cool colors. Plus, bright pastels against black paper is a “win win” for any project!


The pastels were divided into two tubs, making it easier for students to find the warm and cool colors.

We talked about “warm” colors reminding us of things like the sun, fire, and cozy blankets, and how the “cool” colors are like rain, and igloos and grass.

We also talked about landscapes, and the students had fun imagining that the mountains in these were gumdrops, and the sun a giant lollipop!

Even though these children are only 4 and 5, they can grasp art concepts that are not normally taught at such a young age, because vocabulary and techniques are built upon each week. Students work at many different levels, but we feel that these projects are interactive and enjoyable for each child!


And finally, my favorite lesson so far. Many of the ideas and teaching techniques behind this project were also borrowed from Cassie Stephens, and let me tell you – they really worked!


Students used their new-found knowledge of sculpture to create these bright and fun paper line sculptures. In the demonstration, we talked about the difference between two and three dimensional art, and I showed students how to make the paper strips stand up by giving them “feet”. They really loved that one (Thanks Cassie)!!


Students stayed engaged the entire time, and built some pretty amazing paper sculptures!




Author: amoablog

AMoA is dedicated to enriching the lives of people of the Texas Panhandle, bringing them together for the experience of art via exhibitions & education.

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