SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2007

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Early Childhood Studio Lesson A Little Goes a Long Way Vila Woo P reschoolers may be short class. Children respond well to this and sweet but their art explanation and express their exciteprojects do not have to be. ment about working with new mateArtists of any age can have rials. the opportunity to work at their own pace. Although it may appear to be Making an Accordion Book long, consider this a unit as three This activity encourages children lessons in one. The final results to further develop their fine motor speak for themselves through chilskills, gain organizational skills, dren's effort in and enhance their applying various Creating an ongoing project sensory experiart techniques. one or two weeks in length ences. Over three The process classes, children can benefit both teacher of art-making is produce personal and students. integral to the fall books, folded development of a accordion-style. child's fine motor skills, coordination, and concentration. Therefore, Teacher Preparation creating an ongoing project one or Select three objects that relate to two weeks in length can benefit a theme discussed in class. In my both teacher and students. The case, the theme was "things we teacher can assess the children's find in October" which were apples, skills by observing the way they leaves, and a broom. These objects handle materials. Also, after spendwere significant to the children's ing valuable time preparing for a school activities: apple-picking, collesson, the pressure of having to lecting leaves, and listening to a complete an art project in one class story book Room on the Broom by is relieved. Children learn a positive Julia Donaldson. message to take their time and to finish what they started. Demonstration Frequently, young artists are In each class, introduce art materieager to take their artwork home als to be used that day and discuss immediately. I show them which how they work by asking questions art supplies will be used in the next of students as well as demonstrating art techniques. Materials • construction paper accordion-folded into three equal sections • white glue • paintbrushes • tempera paint • watercolor • oil pastels • markers • sequins • salt shaker • Popsicle sticks • pipe cleaners • jute or raffia • elastic bands Procedures Have students create outline drawings of three objects or photocopy templates from First School, a website for preschool activities and crafts (www.first-school.ws/theme/ cpgeneral.htm). Once the objects are filled in, the images are cut out and glued into each book. Starting with Apples • Paint apples with tempera. • Sprinkle salt on top of wet paint and let dry. Continued on page 85. SchoolArts October 2007 47

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