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i have found that observations of nature and using the five senses are really goodspringboards for art projects. use fingers to trace shapes in the air, then usebodies to make shape "sculptures" with pairs or small groups. dance a line slowlyorquickly. after using large motor skills, i often get better fine motor skills whenit's time to draw or paint or cut and glue.put a little scented oil in the paint. try to stimulate all the senses before youask them to make art and you might find out new things about your kids, which willgive you better ways of reaching each one. one of my students favorite lessons (all ages love this one) is "environmental art". we go out on a nice day and sit near the landscaping rocks. we sort them and shareexciting finds, and they can create art on the sidewalk which we photograph and putback, or we can rearrange the rocks in the rock beds. one beautiful black swirl ofrocks has been left undisturbed near our playground for two years now. our citykids need time to dig in the dirt and look closely at the natural world, and theyreallydon't get many opportunities to do the simple things that i took for granted as partof growing up.Julia GilreathOPS ART
Based off Henri Matisse, 'Beasts of the Sea' cut paper and painted square in background (optional) maybe some pre-cut ocean shapes for some students and create their own ocean scene. Combine with a book about ocean stuff at the end and you should be set.I like simple."sedlak meri" plattsmouth schools
Mouse paint the book with paint daubers, like they used to use in BINGO games atchurch bingo parlors. You can mix the colors by overlapping. I asked students withdisabilities to create a rainbow with the three Primary colors.Karen BertelsenOmaha Public SchoolsBeveridge Magnet Schoolg
An art project for low ability Kindergarten children wouldbe to read them books by Eric Carle, pointing out the waythat he creates his illustrations. Then have them fingerpaint, focusing on textures. Adults can then help thestudents cut the textures and make up animals for a book oftheir own.Teresa KappermanGuidance Counselor/Assessment DirectorMcCool Junction Public School
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