Art 2016


  • Colors- Primary and Secondary colors, shades of color

  • Materials – What you make art out of (clay, fabric, beads, paper)

  • Tools – What is used to make art (i.e. brushes, crayons)

  • Types – Jewelry, culinary, clothing, architecture

  • Artists and techniques – watercolor, collage, etc.

  • Professions associated with art – painter, dancer, jeweler, photographer, illustrator, chef, etc.

  • Representational vs. Abstract art


Week #1: Colors and Tools

Week #2: Artists and Techniques/style

Week #3: Artists and techniques/styles

Week #4: Types


Week #1: March 14th, 2016


Monday 3/14 Colors

Group Time: Mixing colors to demonstrate primary and secondary colors, and shades by adding black and white.

Math/Science: Mixing colors in shaving cream

Art: Rainbow Stew


Tuesday 3/15 Colors

Group Time: Make a list of things that are the color of the rainbow

Math/Science: Seriate colors from lightest to darkest

Art: mixing watercolors in coffee filters


Wednesday 3/16 Tools

Group Time: Show and Tell about various tool.  Play “What’s Missing?” with those tools.

Math/Science: Sort paint brushes, crayons, marker and pencils

Art: Texture stampers and ink pads


Thursday 3/17 Tools

Group Time: How many paint brushes in the jar? Have the children estimate and then count them together to find out.

Math/Science: Seriate paint brushes by size from shortest to tallest/thinnest to thickest

Art: Paint on different types of paper (Sandpaper, tinfoil, foam)


Friday 3/18

Group Time: Primary vs. Secondary Colors

Math/Science: Color Mixing

Art: Rainbow Toast


Week #2 and Week #3March 21stand March 28th

  • Jackson Pollack (splatter paint)

    Group Time: Discuss who he was and his type of art.  Point out that he painted standing up over his canvas on the ground.  Show some of his works of art.

    Math/Science: Experiment with splattering drops of liquid color from an eye dropper from various heights to see what size splats are made

    Art: Splatter paint


  • George Seurat (dots)

    Group Time: Show “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” and talk about his technique.

    Math/ Science: Dot to Dots

    Art: Create pictures using Seurat’s technique


  • Georgia O’Keefe (flowers)

    Group Time: Discuss her type of painting of large colorful flowers. Show some of her works of art.

    Math /Science: Flower Matching

    Art: Paint big flowers like O’Keefe


  • Pablo Picasso (shapes, collage, abstract)

    Group Time: Talk about the shapes he uses in his art and how his pictures are distorted. Discuss abstract vs. representational art.

    Math/Science: Tanagrams

    Art: Projector Art




  • Claude Monet:

    Group Time: Talk about his use of pastel colors/watercolor painting and painting nature (flowers and landscapes) Show some of his favorite works of art.

    Math/Science: Matching artists

    Art: Watercolor Painting


  • Vincent Van Gogh

    Group Time: Compare/contrast “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers”

    Math/Science: Patterning with stars

    Art: Recreate own version of “Starry Night” or “Sunflowers” painting


  • Ansel Adams/Anne Geddes (photography)

    Group Time: Discuss Adams’ use of landscape and black and white vs. Geddes’ use of portraits and people (babies and kids) and color.

    Math/Science: Look at old camera and film/Look at books of Adams’ and Geddes’ pictures.

    Art: Take a picture and develop it in color or black and white.


  • Alexander Calder (wire structures and mobiles)

    Group Time: Read the book about him.

    Math/Science: Floam

    Art: Wire Sculptures using clay base, pipe cleaners, wire and paperclips


  • Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture)

    Group Time: Discuss the history of coming to Chicago and his style of building house vertically.

    Math/Science: Look at a book with his homes in it

    Art: Horizontal structures with mini blocks


  • Ludwig Beethoven (music)

    Group Time: Talk about how he composed music and played the piano from the age of 3 and that he was deaf.  Play some of his music and label it as classical music.

    Math/Science: Show some music sheets with the notes in it.

    Art: Writing music notes on blank music sheets





Week #4: April 4th , 2016

  • Jewelry

    Group Time: Show different types of Jewelry (necklace, bracelet, watch, ring, earrings, broach).  Discuss what Jewelry is made of (wire, beads, string, shells) and tools to make it.  Point out where on our body we wear jewelry.

    Math/Science: Pop beads

    Art: Noodle Necklaces


  • Performing Art

    Group Time: Watch a part of a ballet.  Watch a part of Cirque de Solei. Discuss the various performers/professions (acrobats, dancers, musicians, etc)

    Math/Science: Observe real ballet and tap shoes

    Art: Dance Class


  • Culinary Art:

    Group Time: Discuss the presentation of food.. should be colorful, tasteful, etc.  Look at the book How Are you Peeling? and talk about how food can be art.

    Math/Science: Make a pizza by adding topping to a felt pizza

    Art: Make Fruit Kabobs (red/strawberries, orange/cantaloupe, yellow/banana, green/kiwi, blue/blueberries)


  • Clothing

    Group Time: Show a clip from a fashion show.  Talk about how clothes are designed (drawn) and then someone sews fabric together to make a piece of clothing that you buy and wear.  Identify different types of clothing and fabrics. Provide clothing and have the children do a fashion show.

    Math/Science: Paper dolls

    Art: Collage of Fabrics